Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley shares his views on the benefits the competition has already provided for the Imps, following their triumph over Shrewsbury Town last season.
How do you view the Checkatrade Trophy? How has it helped the players at Lincoln City to develop?
The Checkatrade Trophy is a great competition. It's a really good opportunity for us to continue to develop young players. It is a great opportunity for some of the young players at the top clubs to be able to experience first-team football for the first time.
It's a really good opportunity for clubs in League Two to compete against these players, and it gives the young players a pathway.
As well as that, it gives it gives the clubs in the lower leagues an opportunity to earn prize money and maybe have a trip to Wembley off the back of it.
How has winning the Checkatrade Trophy allowed you to improve the squad and give you a platform to build on this term?
We've made really good money throughout the rounds and being able to get to Wembley, and then having some of the gate receipts certainly helped the club and it helped us in terms of recruitment this summer.
The Checkatrade Trophy money and the FA Cup money has allowed us to be able to build our own training ground. We were training at a school and an army barracks [and] in between the two [we had] to travel out from our ground to training.
From the prize money we've gained in both the FA Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy, we've been able to buy a piece of land and build a training ground on it.
It's gonna be huge for us if we want to go to where we want to go and there's lots of headroom here at Lincoln, but if we want to achieve what we want to achieve, then to have our own training ground and be able to develop players individually, and the team collectively, is going to be a crucial part of that.