In recent years, the Championship has been the breeding ground for some of the country's most promising prospects to earn their apprenticeship before going on to play in the Premier League and for England.
We take a look at five teenagers who could be looking to prove they're ready to make that step up this season, with Leeds United, Derby County, Reading, Birmingham and Nottingham Forest players all involved.
Lewis Cook - Leeds United
The 18-year-old was a key part of Leeds' side last season and will be looking to make the same impact once again this time round.
The York-born defensive midfielder played in 37 Championship games last season, with 33 appearances from the start, and has shown that he is more than capable of handling the rigours of the English second division.
He will have been disappointed not to have got his first goal for the club last season, even though that's not his main role in the side, and will be hoping to have a bigger impact at both ends this coming season.
Farrend Rawson - Derby County / Rotherham United
The 19-year-old Derby defender is set for a year of regular first-team football after joining Championship rivals Rotherham United on a season-long loan.
Rawson, who can be likened to John Terry in terms of playing style, is a very strong, domineering defender and has already impressed at Championship level while on loan with the Millers last season.
He made four appearances in the Championship overall, helping the Millers to two clean sheets and won many plaudits along the way. He will be one of the defenders to watch next season as his progression could be exponential with regular game time.
Tyler Walker - Nottingham Forest
The 18-year-old, who is the son of Forest legend Des Walker, made his debut last season following an injury crisis and had a big impact.
He made seven cameo appearances towards the end of the season and scored in a 2-2 draw with play-off semi finalists Brentford at the City Ground in April.
Walker will be hoping that the club's embargo will give him the chance to shine next season as the Reds' transfer activity has been limited to just Ben Hamer, Matt Mills and Jamie Ward.
Tarique Fosu - Reading
The 19-year-old played a part in the 3-0 win against Derby on the last day of the season, which ensured the Rams would spend another year in the Championship.
He came on with half-an-hour to go and set the game alight with his quick feet and willingness to drive at the out-of-sorts Derby defence. He had five shots in total, with three on target, and was very unlucky not to cap it off with a debut goal.
Fosu has taken his form into pre-season and looks to be a certainty to star this coming season in the Championship.
Demarai Gray - Birmingham City
The 18-year-old has been at the centre of intense speculation since he made his debut for the Blues in the 2013-14 season. Nevertheless, he has recently penned a new three-year deal with the West Midlands club, showing his commitment to Gary Rowett's cause.
Last season, he scored six goals in 41 appearances from midfield and was instrumental in their rise up the table following Rowett's appointment mid-season.
He will have a lot of expectation on his shoulders ahead of the coming season, but he undoubtedly has the ability to show everyone just why he is so highly rated.