PDP Lead Coach Chris Brown told iFollow he is hoping to build on a positive 2017, starting with Tuesday's EFL Youth Alliance League game against Walsall.
It is their first match of the year, and Brown is hoping they can pick up where they left off.
“We’re looking for the sort of performances we were getting last year,” said Brown.
“Obviously, we were pleased with what we did and we made some good strides. But there’s a lot more room to improve.
“The second-years now have six months left to play and improve, and the first-years have 18 months to progress with that, so there’s still lots more learning within the lads.
“We’ve watched them [Walsall] on the video footage and been through the plan for tomorrow.
“In recent years, they’ve been really difficult to play against. They’re really hard working, with quite a lot of quality in the ranks.
“Tomorrow will be new to see how they play and do things, but usually it’s a really good game. We’re expecting a difficult match.
“The confidence is high, but there’s a long way to go this season, and in the careers of the lads. The strides we’ve made in the last six months have been positive, but there’s a long way to go if they want to be professional footballers.
“The lads were in good form, and hopefully we can take that form into this part of the season. There’s lots of hard work to be done, and there’ll be lots of ups and downs and challenges for the lads in that time.”
The scholars were back in training last week after the usual break for Christmas, and they are ready and raring to go on Tuesday.
“Some of the lads have had some time with their families, which is great, they need that. The lads that live more local have been in now and again.
“We started training again late last week – there were a few Christmas bodies! So we had a hard week, and hopefully we can take that hard work into Tuesday.”
You can watch the full interview on iFollow.