MATT UGGLA has faced ‘a lot more obstacles’ than anticipated in his bid to form a B-team for York City.

Speaking to the York Hospital Ball Podcast, Uggla provided a long-awaited update on progress of a potential B-team, which was originally discussed upon his arrival in June 2023.

The 2023/24 season saw a number of players through the door that would have been ideal for the B-team, the likes of Kevin Joshua and Finlay Barnes, however the duo have since left the club with first-team opportunities limited.

Uggla still hopes to form the B-team to help bridge that gap between the City academy and first-team, something that manager Adam Hinshelwood is keen to enforce, with the view being potential friendlies against under-23’s sides of other football clubs.

“Putting an idea into place becomes a lot harder and there are a lot more obstacles than you’d think,” Uggla told the York Hospital Ball Podcast.

“It is definitely something that we do want to do, there’s talks of wanting to move it into a hybrid system where there are players in the first-team that aren’t getting as much game time with some players from the youth team having friendlies, bridging that gap without having to bring in a whole team and a whole additional coaching staff. “

Uggla also explained how training would work without the additional appointment of staff, as well as where the match action would be provided.

“The first-team players train with the first-team, the youth team players train with the youth team, and maybe once over every fortnight they play a friendly against another team’s under-23’s.”