Eric Ramsay explains the changes to the Academy backroom staff
Shrewsbury Town’s Academy Manager, Eric Ramsay has spoken to ShrewsWeb to explain how medical changes in the first-team will affect the Academy.
Chris Skitt’s departure means that the current Academy Physio Jordan Beech will move into the first-team environment.
Eric admits that it is disappointing to lose someone of the calibre of Jordan but he has wished him all the best in his new role.
“It’s nice for us and our players to have a familiar face in the first-team”, said Ramsay.
“As good as Skitty was, not many of our players had worked with him whereas our players coming through the ranks now will have worked with Jordan, so that’s a familiar face.
“I think Jordan really enjoyed working with and learning from Skitty last year. Jordan’s someone that was really valued in our staff, did an excellent job and was pivotal in ensuring we got a really top category three mark.
“It’s well deserved and it’s nice to see that it’s not just players that graduate from our group, but staff as well. Although Jordan is young and hasn’t got years of experience behind him, I think he is one that will flourish at first-team level.”
Jordan’s departure has allowed for a reshuffle in the backroom staff and Ramsay believes they will now be in an even better place going forward.
“On the back of a really good audit report we’ve been able to add a couple of members of staff”, said Eric.
“We’ve employed a full-time Strength and Conditioning Coach, and we’ve also replaced Jordan as Physio with Adam Davies who was in and around the first-team last season as an intern.
“We’ve also got a full-time performance analyst working with us, George Carpenter, who was an ex-scholar here, so lots of staff with lots of Shrewsbury connections.
“They are all capable, all very ambitious, bright, forward-thinking, so I think we’ve got the makeup of a really good staff with the 18s next year.”