There has been an addition to the academy staff with Dylan Kerr named as lead coach for the professional development phase, taking charge of the youth team.Kerr has a wide range of experience in the game, playing for the likes of Leeds United and Reading before taking up a coaching career which has seen him hold down posts in various parts of the world including the United States, South Africa, Vietnam and Tanzania.
Academy manager Mark Smith, who has known Kerr for over 30 years, said: "He's a guy who shares the values we have in the academy. He is honest and hardworking and is someone who's grafted all his life. He's an ex-player with a lot of experience at different levels. I think he'll really benefit us as an academy."
Commenting on how his appointment came about, Kerr said: "After giving myself a break from football following eight years abroad, I was keen to get back into the game and I started applying for academy roles. I cleaned Mark's boots when I was a 16-year-old YTS player at Sheffield Wednesday and I contacted him earlier this season.
"I was coaching some American scholars at Leeds University and the timing was great because he asked me if I'd like to come down and speak to him. I was offered a position in the academy and it was a no-brainer. Everybody at the club has one thing in mind, which is to do well for the football club.
"The stadium is fantastic and I think everyone at the club has respect for each other, both on and off the field. I'm hoping that I can pass on my experience to the youngsters here."