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Garry Monk - Closer ties with the Under-23s is part of the plan

Garry Monk wants more players like Charlie Lakin and Josh Dacres-Cogley to make the step up.
Garry Monk wants more players like Charlie Lakin and Josh Dacres-Cogley to make the step up.

Bealey along with Robbo (Paul Robinson) and his other staff have done a fantastic job this season and you can see the benefit of having worked closely with us and having that kind of link.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk feels that closer integration between the Blues' Under-23s and First Team squads will benefit both the individual players and the Club moving forwards.

Earlier in the week, Richard Beale's Development Squad side narrowly lost out to Leeds United on penalties in the PDL National Play-Off final, after a successful season which saw them finish as runners-up in the 2018/19 PDL North campaign.

"When I came in here, seeing what best practice and the best environments I'd worked in, I wanted to bring them (the Under-23s) closer to me and the First Team," said Monk.

"I didn't do it at the end of last season because the focus was on the first team and making sure that we got safe

"But I spoke to Bealey (Richard Beale) in the summer and basically, they're been mirroring everything we do physically and fitness-wise, because they're young professional players now and not academy players.”

"Training and being close with the First Team helps in two ways,” continued Monk.

"He might have a chance to play with the First Team and then he has a really clear idea already of what he's going to walk into.

"If he doesn't have that idea and I'm training in a session and it's a tactical session and I'm spending 20 minutes with that young lad, then he's not going to benefit from that because he's going to be behind.

"The second one was to let them have a pathway to see that they can get there and be close to it.

"Bealey along with Robbo (Paul Robinson) and his other staff have done a fantastic job this season and you can see the benefit of having worked closely with us and having that kind of link.

"There's still a lot of work to be done in terms of developing these young players and I'd like more players and more options.

"But my job is to put a player in the First Team when I believe he is ready to make it.

"The majority of the ones that I took in the summer (on the pre-season tour to Austria), Charlie (Lakin) and Wes (Harding). Cogs (Josh Dacres-Cogley) and Connal Trueman have already been with us, the others below that probably aren't at that levels just yet and there's work to be done."

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