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TRUEMAN LAUDS GROWING RELATIONSHIP WITH FIRST TEAM

15 November 2019

Mark Trueman heaped praise on manager Gary Bowyer, who he insists has fought hard, this season, to establish a strong relationship with City’s academy.

Trueman - who guided his under-18s side to an FA Youth Cup second-round win at Carlisle United on Monday, has held the role of lead professional development phase coach within the academy, since the beginning of the 2018/19 campaign.

He believes the bond between the academy and first team setups at the club is going from strength to strength and owed much of this to the work Bowyer has done.

Trueman said: "Gary (Bowyer) has been great since day one, from the moment he arrived at the club.

"He has shown a real interest in the academy, the youth team and the players we have in the building.

"We also have Martin Drury who knows the club from bottom to top, so the relationship between us - as staff - is great.

"The coaches are always asking questions and making sure they know about the players we have at the club, which is very important.

"It is only going to help bridge the gap, with them speaking to us about the players, to hopefully give them the opportunity to step up into the first team.

"The relationship is going from strength to strength and, hopefully, we can see more and more of our players playing professionally, for the club, in the future."

In addition to pathways on the pitch, Trueman also stressed the importance of progression within the Bantams’ coaching structure.

City’s setup has seen the likes of Drury progress into first team roles, from the academy, in recent years and the under-18s boss claims this is another aspect he has seen particular focus on, since Bowyer’s arrival.

"This club is great in the sense it is a place which does not just develop players, but develops staff, as well," he continued.

"Martin is a prime example of that, stepping up into a first team role, after starting off in the academy.

"Conor Sellars and I have been at the club for a good few years and have progressed through the academy setup and stepped into our respective youth team roles.

"Then there is Lewis Nightingale - who is back in the head of coaching role - who has obviously spent time here, before.

"There is definitely continuity within the academy, between the staff. We are all heading in the right direction, with regards to how we want to develop these players.

"We all have the same philosophy which will, ultimately, only bring the best out of the lads we have at the club."

Trueman’s under-18s side entertain Stoke City - at the Utilita Energy Stadium - in the third round of the FA Youth Cup, with full fixture and admission details to be announced in due course.


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