Southampton Under-23s midfielder Callum Slattery is looking forward to getting this year’s Checkatrade Trophy campaign under way against Peterborough United.
The Saints youngsters travel north to face the League One side on Tuesday night, and Slattery is keen to make the most of the experience
“I think it’s a great for us, being younger and playing first teams,” started the
“Obviously it’s a cup competition but it gives you an extra insight into what league football is like because everyone is in it to win it.
“Coming up against these teams and players is new, but it’s nothing that we can’t deal with. We just need to try and figure out another way around it.”
Despite his age, Slattery picked up a handful of appearances in the new competition last term and even netted in the process.
The 18-year-old scored in a 4-0 win over League Two side Crawley Town at St Mary’s, and he is hoping for a repeat performance on Tuesday night.
“That was a good game for the team,” Slattery continued.
“We got on top of Crawley from early on and caused them a lot of problems throughout the game. Hopefully we can do that again this time.
“The aim will be to get in and give them something they won’t really expect from a young team – that will give us a good starting point.”