Tony Carss says Huddersfield Town’s continental drift at first-team level won’t affect the importance of producing players through the academy.
The Under 18 team chief watched his charges put eight without replay past Blackpool in their first friendly ahead of the new Professional Development League II campaign.
German head coach David Wagner has brought in a string of imports from Europe this close-season.
But Carss is keen to help make sure Wagner also has homegrown talent to call on.
“Everyone can see the investment at first-team level and there is a real buzz for the new season,” he said.
“We want as a club to try and achieve above mid-table and really push on in the Championship.
“But it doesn’t change our objectives in the academy.
“Our young players have to learn from those in the first team.
“Ultimately one day they want the shirt and they have to do the work to earn it.
“As an academy we are all working hard to produce players who can compete at first-team level regardless of their age and who is in front of them.
“That is our objective and it won’t change.”
There will also be a new look to Carss’ side this season, with players moving up to Under 21 level under coach Frankie Bunn, whose team won their opening friendly at Wigan Athletic 2-0 with two goals from Jack Boyle.
A number of youngsters were blooded as the 18s finished third in the PDL II North section last season.
And Carss explained: “We look at all the players individually and see where they are in their own development.
“We want to push and challenge them at that next level and that is a part of our role in the academy.
“We are a young squad again, players like Jordan Williams will now push on to that higher level and see where they can go.
“And we hope one or two others will follow.”
Cedwyn Scott, Lewis O’Brien and Alfie Raw each scored twice against Blackpool, with Harry Clibbens and Luca Colville also on target.
“Cedwyn has got that eye for goal, and his link play is coming on,” said Carss.
“He needs to keep working hard on his fitness but he’s fully committed to his development.”
The 18s have another friendly against Walsall at Lilleshall on Thursday.
Carss wants to build on the display against Blackpool.
“We wanted to start straight away with a good performance, with players showing their tactical understanding and also a strong mentality,” he explained.
“We spoke before the game about that identity we like to have, playing on the pitch, quick transition and that reactive pressure we want to produce.
“To see these elements in the first game was pleasing.”
There are also Under 18 friendlies against Blackburn Rovers (away on July 23), Burnley (home July 26), Oldham Athletic (away July 30). Nike Academy (home August 6) and Newcastle United (away August 9).