Norwich City have announced that they have accepted an invitation to play in this season's EFL Trophy (official club website), which has led to an intriguing prospect of an East Anglian derby of a different sort.
The Canaries, who are preparing for their Premier League return, will be one of 16 category one academies to enter the competition, which comprises all the League One and Two clubs.
While Norwich went up from the Championship as champions, rivals Ipswich Town were relegated from the second tier and are now preparing for life in the third division.
As a League One outfit, the Tractor Boys first team will be in the competition, so should the two cross paths, it would be a case of Canaries reserves against Blues seniors.
Last season there were two derbies of such a nature in the competition, with Stoke City's reserves having faced Port Vale and Sunderland having locked horns with Newcastle United's development squad.
Here is how some Norwich fans reacted to the club's announcement and prospect of meeting their rivals despite the current disparity in league positions:
Ipswich (a) 10,000 allocation— CARROW ROAD FAITHFUL (@_PrideOfAnglia) 14 June 2019
Annouce Ipswich at home— tom shaw (@Tommy__Shaw) 14 June 2019
Announce playing Ipswich in it!— Matthew Ellis (@Mattyellis92) 14 June 2019
Ipswich (R) please— Chris Stones (@stonesey88) 14 June 2019
Adam Idah to put three past the scum— Cian Fanning (@cian_fanning_) 14 June 2019
Announce Ipswich away.— Edward Jacobs (@Edward_Jacobs_) 14 June 2019
Announce U21s vs Ipswich at Wembley— David Jarvis (@DavidJarvis18) 14 June 2019
Ipswich at home— Michael McCormick (@Micky__Mac) 14 June 2019
Yeah we can still at Ipswich!!— Josh Stewart (@JStewart_15) 14 June 2019
The 64 clubs who have entered next season's EFL Trophy will be divided into 16 groups of four, with eight northern groups and eight southern groups, and first round of fixtures is scheduled to take place in the week commencing 2 September.
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