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Dowie wants senior men in reserve

PUBLISHED: 13:05 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010

Adam Bolder in action for QPR during the Pre Season friendly between Stevenage Borough and QPR played at Broadhall Way, Stevenage on Sat July 19, 2008

Adam Bolder in action for QPR during the Pre Season friendly between Stevenage Borough and QPR played at Broadhall Way, Stevenage on Sat July 19, 2008

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By Ben Kosky MANAGER Iain Dowie wants his experienced players to fill a vital role by bringing through the youngsters in QPR s reserve side this season. Rangers included the likes of Patrick Agyemang, Adam Bolder and player-coach Gareth Ainsworth - as wel

By Ben Kosky

MANAGER Iain Dowie wants his experienced players to fill a vital role by bringing through the youngsters in QPR's reserve side this season.

Rangers included the likes of Patrick Agyemang, Adam Bolder and player-coach Gareth Ainsworth - as well as the returning Akos Buzsaky - in their opening reserve match against Charlton last week.

And Dowie has made it clear that he wants to retain that kind of mix throughout the season - a shift in thinking from previous boss Luigi de Canio, who regarded the reserve side purely as an extension of the youth team.

"I played centre-half in the reserves when I was here before and I switched to play there because I think vocally you can move people around better," Dowie explained.

"I think it's very important that the senior pros do play - not all the time - but for young kids to play alongside people like Adam Bolder is a magnificent experience and they learn a lot from players who can mould their game.

"That's a key element, making sure that players improve. We've got a very good group of senior pros here and when they do come into the reserves they do it properly.

"We've got a lot of young players in the first-team squad, lads like [Emmanuel] Ledesma, [Daniel] Parejo and [Samuel] Di Carmine. In the same way, they need to be around people who understand this league."

Dowie has earmarked some of his younger crop for loan spells at lower league or non-league clubs as and when opportunities arise, but is also keen to retain a strong reserve team under Ainsworth's guidance.

"The likes of Danny Maguire, Romone Rose and Joe Ostler could maybe do with a bit of match experience, but we don't want to leave ourselves light in the reserves - that's important too," the Rs boss added.

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