CHERRIES boss Jason Tindall believes the introduction of five substitutions in the Championship is a "good thing", after it was rolled out for use from yesterday.

Tindall will have the first chance to utilise the new rule when Cherries host Reading this afternoon, with nine substitutes now allowed to be named on the bench as opposed to seven previously.

"In my opinion I think it’s a good thing for a lot of clubs," said Tindall.

"I also think the development of younger players, it opens up two new places on the bench where teams can potentially blood younger blood and bring young players through, so I think that’s only going to be a positive thing moving forward.

"But for me as a manager, again it’s a good thing. Certainly with the schedule we’ve got coming upon us, if you’re able to make two extra changes and protect some players physically, then I think that can only be a good thing.

"Probably the most important thing is that you’re not putting players at risk unnecessarily."