Date: 24th September 2016 at 1:03pm
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Walsall CEO Stefan Gamble has today admitted the club would have voted differently had they known what the EFL Trophy would become.

The EFL Trophy now known as the CheckaTrade Trophy has been criticised by all supporters in the Football League since the introduction of the Under 23 English Premier League sides.

Only Chelsea and Leicesterfrom the Premier League top six sides agreed to join the trial format but the initial first round group stage has also drawn criticism following the regionalised draw which wasn’t regionalised frankly.

At least one game should be played at the home of the Premier League B team however West Ham play all three group games away following issues with their agreement in renting the Olympic Stadium.

Gamble said

‘We voted for a one season trial that included under-23 teams from the Premier League,”

“The competition we have now is not what we voted for. Had we been presented with what we have now we would have voted differently. Key to all this is that it was always going to be a one-season trial.’

We always reserved the right to veto any move that would have extended it beyond that’