NEWPORT County AFC's youngsters could get more action in League Two in the coming season after the EFL gave the green light for making more substitutions.

Exiles manager James Rowberry frequently lamented the return to pre-Covid limit of making three changes to a line-up from a seven-strong bench last season.

However, the annual general meeting of EFL clubs approved a change to being allowed to make five replacements, following a move made by the Premier League in March.

Like in the coronavirus-affected 2020/21, managers will be allowed a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions plus half-time.

The change could help the likes of Harrison Bright, Jack Karadogan, Sonny Lewis, Lewys Twamley and Joe Woodiwiss experience game time in League Two.

County have previously included academy talent in their matchday 18 but they have missed out to more experienced teammates when it comes to getting onto the pitch.

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"I keep saying it every week and I said it about the Papa John's Cup, about being able to utilise five subs in that to give our young developing players a great opportunity to play," said Rowberry last December.

"Going back to nine on the bench and use five subs, or seven and five, is something that the governing body need to look at and consider."

The change will help clubs higher up the pyramid get through a hectic schedule with the Championship stopping for the World Cup in November and December.

Individual fixtures in League One and League Two could still be postponed due to international call-ups.

The season gets under way on July 30 with the fixtures announced next Thursday.