Tommy Wright says he already has players for Corby Town’s new Youth Academy on his radar for first-team football.
The Steelmen boss is heading up the new academy in a dual role with his managerial duties after signing a full-time deal with the club this summer.
A successful spell of trials has resulted in over 50 players now being available with Wright now either needing to narrow that down to 24 or, alternatively, make a decision to have two 20-man squads as part of the new set-up.
The academy will give boys aged between 16 and 18 the opportunity to experience full-time football training in a club environment, while also continuing their education.
The team or teams will be competing in the English Colleges FA League, Northants Senior Youth League and FA Youth Cup.
And Wright is already excited about the chances of players progressing into the first-team.
“It’s exciting times for the young lads and a few will be getting opportunities to stake a claim for the first-team very soon,” the Corby boss said.
“And a few are already on my radar that I have really high hopes for.
“We had a huge response and there are more than 50 players available for us so now we need to narrow it down to 24.
“Alternatively, we could run two 20-man squads so we are looking at that as an option for the players.
“We don’t want to turn our backs on players that want to represent this fast-growing football club.
“I have players such as Paul Malone and Sam Donkin who are desperate to get involved in coaching and having two squads could lead them to having a big say in the development of these players.
“I am a very hands-on manager and I’m excited about working with the players we’ve selected to be with us.
“I can mould them into what I need for the first-team, if they aren’t quite ready to step up we have a lot of clubs locally they can represent on a Saturday afternoon.
“These players are all a part of the club, they will attend first-team games home and away and will get opportunities to train with the first-team also.”
Wright is also planning on having guest coaches to work with the academy players during the season while he also revealed that a further trial is set to take place next month for those still wanting to join the academy.
The academy will be based at Steel Park for football and the town centre for academic studies, at the CKW Academy building.
Club director Paul Glass said: “Our aim is to not only to produce good footballers, but help to turn out fine young men that we can all be proud of.
“The influence of Tommy on these youngsters between the ages of 16-18 will be massive and very positive.
“This opportunity is potentially life changing and whether in football or another vocation, the scholars will learn the skills to have a productive and happy life.”