The club recently appointed Dan Robinson as the new Academy Manager and he has settled in quickly to his new role.
With Kieran Scarff moving into the assistant manager role, the football club recruited for a new Academy manager during the summer with Dan Robinson departing Burton Albion to take up the position at the idverde Training Ground.
Robinson, who spent seven years at the Brewers in the same role, as well as helping first team manager Dino Maamria, officially started in the role earlier this month and is enjoying every minute of getting to know the players and staff.
“It has been excellent to come in and meet everybody, they have been extremely welcoming and it is very clear that it’s all aligned, from the youngest age group through to the first team. The manager and senior club staff are linking in with the academy, including the foundation, and I have found it very welcoming since I have walked through the door.
“My role is very much in supporting the staff and players and leading them, so having an idea of what everybody's roles are, how they all connect, working with the players and understanding how I can support them on their journey.
“It has been very important to immersive myself throughout the whole academy set-up. The biggest part is understanding the whole operation in the academy from all different departments, from the U21s programme and linking in with the first team all the way down to the pre-academy, then everything that falls within that, including the recruitment, sports science and medicine, player care, safeguarding, education and operations, all those different departments pulling together to support the players,” Robinson said.
Ricky-Jade Jones made his 100th appearance for the football club in the 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers after progressing through the Academy from the under 9s. He followed in the footsteps of Harrison Burrows to reach that milestone with Ronnie Edwards, who was signed into the Academy, set to reach a ton of appearances on Saturday if he features against Bristol Rovers.
“Seeing that player progression from the academy into the first team is exactly why we do the job. There would have been plenty of staff that played a big part in that journey, so it’s fantastic to see that, and to achieve that at the age of 21 shows what the club is about, giving players opportunities and helping them progress, which is brilliant. Hopefully we can continue to help players along the journey,” Robinson added.
Posh+ will sit down with Dan next month to recap his first four weeks in the role.