Hull City

Adkins: Youth Pathway So Important

16 April 2019
Ensuring there is a pathway for the Club’s Academy youngsters to progress into the first-team set-up is key for Nigel Adkins.

The Tigers’ Head Coach is well known for giving youth a chance following his spells in charge at Scunthorpe United, Southampton and Reading – a trend which has continued since his arrival at the KCOM Stadium in December 2017.

In the 16 months since his appointment, Adkins has handed league debuts to three products from the Academy – Dan Batty, Robbie McKenzie and Brandon Fleming – whilst another three – Adam Curry, Max Sheaf and Keane Lewis-Potter – have gained their first taste of senior football at the Club in cup competitions. And Adkins says he is determined to continue to give youth the chance to shine.

“We’ve got massive belief in the Academy structure we have here,” he said.

“We’ve made no secret of the fact that we want to make sure there is a pathway for the youngsters to come through and play, so there’s a togetherness all the way through.

“We’ve got a good environment for the youngsters to come into to improve, to learn, to work hard and to develop. The object is to get them through and aid their development and progress.

“I want there to be a pathway from the Academy. That’s the vision that we’ve got and it’s one we’ve got to keep driving on.

“If you’ve got an Academy, there’s got to be a pathway. If we lose games, I lose my job but I’ve been bold enough with every club I’ve been at to use the younger players.”