Gaffer highlights the importance of a progression pathway from Academy to first team
As part of the EFL’s #RaisedInTheEFL week, Shrewsbury Town have been highlighting the success stories of the Town academy.
Shrewsbury Town manager, Sam Ricketts, is keen to utilise Town’s youth prospects and has already done so on a number of occasions.
Speaking to ShrewsWeb Sam gave his thoughts on the set up and his plans to continue utilising the Shrews academy.
“We had Ryan Sears come on against Wolves and had two young players on the bench who have come through the academy,” said Sam.
“It shows that there is a pathway here. If you come to a club like Shrewsbury and you do well – you will get towards the first-team.
“Young players get opportunities to train and play like James Rowland has done and he’s stepped up and done well.
“He earned his right to be on the bench for the game against Wolves. The opportunities are there – certainly at a club like ourselves.”
Sam also feels younger players have a mu h higher chance of first-team football in lower divisions compared to Premier League youngsters.
“There are undoubtedly more opportunities here and in the Championship especially you are a young player and want a pathway into the team.
“I want young players to come through here, I want them to have opportunities to train and play with the first-team.
“I like to have a small first-team squad and that means when there are injuries and suspensions young lads can step up.
“That can only be beneficial for the players who want that experience and the club.”