EvoStik Premier Division East side Cleethorpes Town have always been renowned for their youth structure and set-up and have announced that they have had a re-jig at The Linden Club.
A statement from the club says, “Following the departure of Jason Flint, the Club is pleased to announce the new structure to lead the Reserves into the 2019/20 campaign.
Tom Summers and Neil Hope will head the management team, with Andy Cawte appointed as assistant. The group will be further enhanced by Jordan Reilly as coach.
The Owls are fully committed to a successful second team, which will provide competition throughout the playing staff. Indeed, a number of extremely promising players have already been involved with the first team. After an honourable finish of 5th in the Lincolnshire League in the first season since reformation, exciting times lie ahead!
First team manager Dave Smith took time out to provide the following comments to the website:
“I am very pleased with the new structure. It is important that there is a pathway through the Club from the junior ranks, via the reserves, to the first team. Achieving this is vital to the future growth and success of the Owls.
This will give the players a real hope & determination to go all the way through the system and progress to representing the Club in the Evostik League.
The set-up will now see youngsters move through from the Under 18s last year to the reserves. This is natural progression and the ultimate aim for all our youngsters should be to play first team football. The message really is work hard and the rewards will come!”
Managers Tom Summers and Neil Hope said the following:
“Firstly, we would like to say thank you and goodbye to Jason Flint. He did a fine job as part of the reserve team last season and we wish him all the very best for the future.
We now welcome Andy and Jordan, who we both know very well and feel they have the right attributes to help develop players in the squad.
This year we want to use the youngsters which are deservedly stepping up from the Under 18s, alongside the best young players in the area. We intend to develop individuals so they are capable of moving on to the first team.
It is going to be an interesting and exciting season – we cannot wait to get started!”
Assistant manager Andy Cawte commented:
“I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the lads who have come through our Junior section. I hope to provide the additional skills needed to progress to senior football.
Dave (Smith) has made that possible by creating a pathway through the Reserve and Under 21 teams, in which they will play alongside first teamers.
It gives me great pleasure to work alongside Tom, Neil and Jordan to progress players as far as possible.”
Coach Jordan Reilly opined:
“I am excited to get going in pre-season with the reserves. I’m happy that Andy (Cawte) has also stepped up, so we can continue to work alongside fantastic young talent.
It’s an opportunity that I am proud to be offered and I am thrilled to be part of this great Club.”
Thanks to all the guys for their time and insights. I know everyone at the Club would like to wish them all the very best of luck.