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Preece On Developing Youth

Posted: Mon 03 Jun 2013
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Former Pool Forward Enjoying Coaching Role

Blackpool's Under-14 Coach and former striker Andy Preece is pleased with the progression of the club's academy players and admits it is rewarding to see so many youngsters developing.

The 46-year-old works alongside Ben Laville and has been particularly impressed with the improvement made in defence over the past season as the side tightened up a previously leaky back-line.

“It’s going well," said Preece. "We’ve made a lot of progress this year with the group that we’ve got and we’ve managed to strengthen the team and bring a few lads in. 

"We’ve particularly improved in defence as last year we were conceding a lot of goals but we’ve tightened up really well at the back and some good players have come in and we are making good progress."

Ultimately the aim is to see the academy players move through into the Youth Team and the First Team and Preece believes there is plenty of talent.

“We’ve got a few in there now who have got the potential to go right the way through and get forms when they are 16; and that’s part of the job – to try and get those lads through and hopefully through into the first team one day.

“Coaching youngsters is totally different to dealing with professionals and it gives you a different perspective of what is going on at clubs and what coaches are doing at that level. 

“It is rewarding when you see them improve because they can improve a lot in a very short period of time at that age, especially when they take things on board. 

"Although you want to win games there is not a big pressure on winning matches as development is key, and although results have been good, it is more satisfying to see lads improving game by game."