Nottingham Forest’s academy has received a major boost ahead of the new season – and Under-23 manager Andy Reid has reacted on Twitter.
It was announced last night that the club has been granted a conditional license to operate a Category 1 Academy.
That means the club will have the highest classification going, joining Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and many other leading Premier League clubs.
From next season, Forest’s under-18s and under-23s will play in elite academy games, competing in Premier League 2 and other cup competitions.
The license has been granted on a one-year conditional basis and a five-day standards audit will follow when the season starts.
This is a big step for the club and is a sign of the hard work put in place by Gary Brazil.
Following the news, Reid took to Twitter to react and it seems as though he’s seriously impressed.
Reid will continue in his role as the club’s under-23 boss next season. For him, the challenge will be to stay competitive despite the move into a better division.
Ultimately, producing top players is the key and having a Category 1 academy should allow the club to produce more elite players.
Last season saw Joe Worrall, Alex Mighten and Ryan Yates playing regularly in the first-team. Striker Will Swan was also handed his debut.
As a result, the future looks bright. The pathway to the first team looks clear for any emerging City Ground talent.
Next season could see even more youngsters in the first team. Brennan Johnson, Jordan Gabriel and Tyrese Fornah have all enjoyed successful loans and should earn chances.
This news is a big positive for the club; and a step in the right direction behind the scenes.