Jul 21 2011 By Greg Burns
GARY Waddock expects his Wanderers hungry young-guns to keep his senior first-team players on their toes this season.
The Blues boss handed professional deals to midfield talents Josh Scowen, Jesse Kewley-Graham and Kadeem Harris in May with teenage defender Anthony Stewart also given the chance to prove he can step up into the first-team squad.
Harris, 18, who was the recent subject of a failed £50,000 from Fulham, enjoyed another eye-catching second-half cameo in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
While 15-year-old Jordan Ibe, who has attracted the attention of Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United, was also given another run out.
Waddock is delighted with their progress but is wary not to burn them out or heap too much expectation on them.
He said: "They train with the first team and I have been delighted with the younger players during pre-season. It has helped them develop and they are getting fitter and stronger and it is important we put them in at the right time but also rest them at the right time.
"They are not going to be first-team regulars straight away but they are looking towards that. There is competition and the young players are pushing some of the senior players and that is what we want at the club."