Premier League academy teams set to play in EFL Trophy next season

• Sixteen academies set to join what was known as Johnstone’s Paint Trophy
• EFL also announces that Ian Lenagan will replace Greg Clarke as chairman

Premier League academy teams will be allowed to play in the EFL Trophy next season after radical plans to revamp the competition were approved at the English Football League’s annual general meeting in Portugal.

Of the 21 existing category one academies – most of them belonging to top-flight teams – 16 are set to be invited to join a 64-team competition which will start with 16 groups of four before becoming a straight knockout with a final at Wembley.

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