Town Interim Academy Manager speaks to iFollow Shrews for the first time since joining Salop.
Shrewsbury Town Football Club were delighted to confirm Max Rogers has joined the Club as Interim Academy Manager.
The former St. Mirren and Orlando City Academy Coach joins the Club following David Longwell's move to the Salop first-team.
Max will work closely with the Town under-18's and 16's and will retain a close relationship with David Longwell. Max is pleased to have joined the Club and is looking forward to working with the Salop Academy.
"I am delighted to be here and I am glad to be working in academy football again. Working with David Longwell is an enjoyable experience and it's great to be involved with a good academy set-up again. The set-up is very good for the size of the Club and the facilities that are available are very good.
"My job is to oversee the under-18's and 16's and work with Alex Ramsay. I'm here to support him and the players - I want to learn as well from the other staff members. There is a big push to recruit 16's for next season's scholarships so that's what I'm focusing on at the moment.
"I've known Davie for around six or seven years now. I worked with him at St. Mirren and Orlando City. I know him really well and I have a lot of respect for him. He's helped me develop as a coach and as a person and I like to think I've helped him with things. It was a relationship built up through football and coaching but I have a lot of trust in him.
"As an Academy Coach, you want there to be a clear pathway. With David in there with the first-team, he can be that link. If there are opportunities, he will get players up there. It's on me and Alex to get the players ready for that. If the lads do well enough, the pathway is there for them to step up.
"Short-term, I want to have a positive impact with the 18's, with the staff, and all of our players. Working at first-team level in America has given me different experiences and has improved my knowledge - I am now able to pass that on."