Southampton's youngsters have been confirmed as participants in the 2018/19 Checkatrade Trophy, with newcomers Arsenal also taking their place in next season’s competition.
Saints are one of the Category One status Academies invited to pit their wits against 48 League One and League Two sides, in a continuation of last year's format.
Radhi Jaïdi's side were cruelly knocked out of the group stages on penalties last term, after drawing 3-3 with Northampton Town in normal time.
EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “Feedback from all levels of the game is indicating that the competition is starting to reap the benefits that we all envisaged at the outset of the revamp and I’m confident the format will continue to prosper with increasing support from clubs and their fans.
“The Checkatrade Trophy will continue to provide young players, from invited teams and EFL clubs alike, with a unique opportunity to experience first team football and I look forward to seeing the stars of 2018/19 emerge as the competition progresses."