Huddersfield Town’s Academy remains a big part of the club’s future.
That’s the assurance from chief executive Julian Winter after the biggest spending spree in club history.
He explained: “It’s part of a broader football plan in which we have an Academy to produce players.
“Let’s be brutally honest, not enough players have come through and that’s why there ‘s been a change of leadership in the Academy and other personnel.
“But it absolutely part of what we do and what we plan to do going forward.”
Winter explained why the club have invested around £5m in the senior squad this summer and also given chances to the likes of Jordan Williams, Regan Booty and Rekeil Pyke.
“It’s about producing players to fill gaps when gaps exist,” he went on.
“In the short term we’ve had to go and fill a few of those (from outside), because maybe players have not been ready to step up (from within), but the manager has shown in pre-season how he’s been ready to expose some of the younger players to the first-team group, and they have responded well.”
Winter says there has been no sentiment returning to his hometown club, largely because he’s been too busy since Day One.
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“The club has had a good platform from which to progress, and we are under no illusion we have to progress,” he stressed.
“The challenge for me is improving everything and everyone across the club, and it’s a great challenge to have.
“We are not coming from a difficult spot, we are coming from a reasonably strong foundation and we can build on that.
“There are lots of good things going on here and it’s good to help co-ordinate it all and get amongst it.”