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Cook on Academy news

15 July 2022

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Rovers Academy manager Tony Cook discusses what the 2022/23 season looks like for the Academy.

Cook enters his fourth season as Academy manager and his fifth year at the club.

Before the end of the 2021/22 season Rovers confirmed the appointment of Chad Gribble as the club's new U18s manager. Cook has been impressed by what he has seen so far.

He said: "Chad has vast experience from working with talented players at Exeter City. They are a high-productivity club that is good at getting players into their first-team and selling them on for a profit. 

"He brings a breadth of experience from coaching and organisation skills that are already starting to benefit us.

"The lads have bought into his ideas and philosophy already. "

Gribble was not the only appointment made over the summer, with Frank Sinclair and Steve Hernandez moving to full-time roles within the Academy after a spell with the first-team. Paul Green was also appointed transition phase coach working with the U16-U18 age groups. 

He added: "Frank is a really good charter and person. He came in as a part-time transition coach with lots of enthusiasm. 

"His knowledge, enthusiasm and willingness to find a way is inspiring."

With COVID-19 rules relaxed heading into the new season, the Academy has returned its operations to Cantley Park, meaning they get to work closely with the first-team on a daily basis.

He said: "We are delighted to be able to return to Cantley Park to work around the first-team and have our games programme back at the training ground.

"The first-team staff has created a brilliant atmosphere to come into and work in and we are grateful for that." 


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