New academy manager Steve Weaver says his long-term aim is to help Huddersfield Town reduce the need for permanent and loan signings.

And the former Wrexham and Wolves development specialist says he is tuned in to the playing style of head coach David Wagner.

Weaver, who succeeds Mark Lillis as supremo of Town’s category-two academy, says he admires the success of the club’s Under 18 and 21 sides in recent seasons.

But he pointed out: “The ultimate objective is to generate players capable of representing the fist team.

“The Under 21s, in particular, have had a terrific season (they won the Professional Development League II title).

“But we have to be mindful that there are tiers above us in youth football, and we are competing with those clubs.

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“We have to ensure our academy provides enough players so we don’t need to take from category-one clubs.”

Weaver has spent two years scouting for Championship rivals Ipswich Town and has visited the John Smith’s Stadium a number of times.

“David Wagner has introduced a great style of play, which clarifies the type of footballer we need at first-team level,” he said.

“I have clear guidelines to work to in order to produce the type of player he wants.”

UEFA Pro Licence holder Weaver says he will be hands-on.

“I’m here to develop the players, impact on the coaching structure and to help the staff develop the way they deliver coaching to the players,” he added.