Now... will there be higher rejection rates from players to join the team? I never understood how that was even ever a thing. Wouldn't correspond to reality.
But I suppose this might finally allow teams like mine to get out of this routine, time will tell.
Next thing to be improved should be the ability to find decent staff.
For seasons (and calendar years) I've been stuck more or less in the same ratings / rankings. I am able to procure youths, but if they are too good by the time they turn 18, it's usual bye-bye. Only about 50-60% of them join the team anyway, which means players retire a bit quicker than I can replace them, causing a natural squad depletion. Therefore back-filling with weaker or retiring players from the transfer-market (all I can afford) have been a sad necessity.
Being stuck in this routine has meant that I am stuck in the 50-60 club rating zone, and ALWAYS get 4th / 5th place every season in the top division of my league, for some 20 seasons now. Maybe I am just a bad tactician
I've always blamed myself for that.
In any case, this new change with the Youth Academy may well throw things out of whack, especially if players do sign in with the clubs when they reach ripe age. From my academy, my youths went up significantly in some cases (some had been stuck for a while):
Margrimursson: 49 --> 68
Vara: 56 --> 63
Selvik: 57 --> 75
Hanssen: 42 --> 66
Hein: 47 --> 80
Dohn: 42 --> 55
Paulsen: 36 --> 52
Sondral: 27 --> 36
Marking Selvik (17 yo) for promotion, since one of the attributes went to 99, which I imagine means he can't improve anymore. Expecting a big rejection letter, but if he joins, I'll be happy as a clam
As a general rule (don't know if this is good or bad), I always wait until they turn 18, let the process work itself out and leave them in academy maximum amount of time. But based on the transfer listing youth-sign-ins, I seem to be one of few managers in my league who does this, maybe I am doing it wrong. Based on some of what other posters shared in terms of youth gains, I think I lucked out, lets see how it plays out.