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Bowyer Keen For Youth Players To Keep Progressing

3 June 2016

Manager Wants To See More Youngsters Make First-Team Level

Gary Bowyer says he wants to see more youth players progressing through the ranks at the club, given his previous coaching background.

The 44-year-old spent nine years nurturing talents in the Blackburn Academy prior to taking the top job at Ewood Park, including current Manchester United defender Phil Jones.

The likes of Henry Cameron, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Luke Higham have stepped up to the Blackpool first-team in recent seasons, and Bowyer hopes more youngsters will follow in their footsteps.

"My background has obviously been through the youth development and academy at Blackburn and that's something that is close to my heart," he admitted. "You only have to see the success that Ciaran and the youth team have had recently with players getting in and around the first-team. That's massively important to a club.

"I'm going to put him under pressure because I think there might be one or two more looking to come through, and that's great. Fans love a local one that comes through the youth ranks so hopefully that can continue."

Bowyer's transition to life at Bloomfield Road has been made all the more easier from knowing Ciaran Donnelly, as well as Richie Kyle who remains on the first-team coaching staff.

"I know Richie because he was in the Blackburn academy coaching when I was there and I know Ciaran as well from his Blackburn days. It's good to come into a place where there's one or two familiar faces already because it just helps you settle in that little bit quicker," he added.


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