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Moore impressed by Academy

16 July 2019

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Rovers manager Darren Moore has spoken about the importance that the Academy will play in the club's future.

Moore has an abundance of experience coaching within academies and is keen to utilise that to help bring through younger players. 

He said: “If you look at where the academy was in its first year to now it is amazing. It is a must that we have this for the existence and the continuation of the football club.

“You have to develop your own, it is what everyone wants to see and I spoke to numerous staff before arriving and they all said it is the biggest thing they want to do here is develop your own. There is nothing better than your local supporters seeing local talented players come through the academy.

“My background is from the academy being an U18 and U23 coach means I know the importance of the academy and it is essential that we keep developing the academy players.”

The new boss is impressed how Academy players train alongside the first-team players and thinks experiences like that can give Rovers an edge.

He added: “I’m glad we’re training on the same site as the academy players because they will get their opportunities to come and train and work with us throughout the weeks and as young as they are there shouldn’t be no age limit as long as they’re good enough then you bring them in.

“I understand their development, their mindset, their growth and their understanding to bridge that gap from academy football to first-team football. There is a step and it is a thin line but there is a step and it has got to be the right step but at the same time you have got to pitch them in at the right time.”

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