Wolverhampton Wanderers' greater reliance on young players next season has persuaded the club not to enter their reserve team in a league.

The decision has been taken as a result of changes to the Barclays Premiership Reserve League, which no longer allows teams from outside the top flight to participate.

Wolves were expected to enter their second string in the Pontins League, the old Central League, in which they last participated during their promotion-winning season of 2002-03.

But they have followed the lead of other Coca-Cola Championship clubs in the Midlands - notably Derby County and Leicester City - by opting not to compete at all.

The club insist their decision has been influenced by the wind of financial change blowing through Molineux following the loss of their Premiership parachute payments, which is expected to see the production line between Chris Evans' flourishing Wolves Academy and Glenn Hoddle's first team running that bit faster.

"There are some youngsters who are not ready who will have to be used next year, who will get opportunities before their time," said Hoddle.

Wolves' greater emphasis on youth next season already has the streetwise Hoddle talking down his side's chances for 2006-07.

"With a younger team, expectation has got to be less," said Hoddle. "People have to understand that. There is a bit of a building process going on here.

"We're going to have to look, purely on financial constraints, at young players, maybe with the odd experienced player brought in."

* Wolves have followed Aston Villa's lead by freezing season ticket prices.