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18 January 2019

Club News


18 January 2019

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Leigh Bromby reviews Town's Under-17s game against Burnley

- Bromby pleased with Town's Under-17s performance against Burnley
- Academy Manager on Hudson and Whitehead's transition into the First Team
- Support Town's U17s on Saturday at PPG Canalside; 11am kick off against Hartlepool United

Academy Manager Leigh Bromby explained that Town's Under-17 players are adapting to different parts of the Terriers Identity week in, week out.

The Young Terriers have been familiarising themselves with a brand-new style of play since joining the Club in the summer and learning how to use different systems in different games.

In the latest match, Town's Under-17s performed well against a similarly aged Burnley side, but Bromby stated there's always improvements to be made.

“At that age group there’s always fundamentals to work on, so every game you're looking for little improvements.

"Deano could have been working on defending in the box, so they could be really good at it one week, but then poor at it a few weeks later, so they can be inconsistent.

"The game, for me, watching and seeing them coming back from Christmas, having two weeks off, you can see physical changes in them.

"They're at that age where they're 16 going on to being men. You can see they're adapting all the time, so you just have to be patient with them."

Town's youngsters were beaten 4-3 by Burnley, but Bromby explained how playing against similarly aged teams can help the Under-17s.

"The performance was positive. We missed a penalty at 3-3 to make it 4-3 and then conceded straight away.

"There were some really, really good performances. Seeing them play how they do against their own age group reinforces their confidence and shows that they're good players.

"On a Saturday, in the Youth Alliance League, the challenge is high as they're playing against older players; it's tough every week.

"So, it's good to have these matches, have the confidence that we can dominate the ball, score goals, run past people and physically hold their own." Not only did this match allow Town to look at some trialists, it was also used to test the mentality of the youngsters.

"The difference against Burnley was that we had a few trialists in and what we did with that game was play a few people out of position," explained Bromby.

"It was something different for them, so we had a right-back playing centre-mid, a striker playing at left-back and a right winger at right-back, just to give them a different challenge to see what their mentality is like and to expand their positional awareness.

"It was a real positive game for us because the lads have had these different experiences.

"It was interesting to see their reaction and how they were with it. These tests are important because sometimes in games you have to fill in with different positions."

Following the departure of David Wagner, both Mark Hudson and Dean Whitehead have stepped up into the First Team set-up.

Deano has still been working with Town's Academy, whilst Bromby has stepped in to help with the coaching.

Despite all the change, Town's Academy Manager explains why this is a positive for the Club's Academy.

"It's great for us because it shows the clear link between the Academy and the First Team.

"One of the good things about Huddersfield Town is that there's a clear plan. I'm looking forward to those two taking the game on Sunday and watching them.

"David Wagner has taught us loads here and we moulded a philosophy around him, so he's left a bit of a legacy, which is great.

"These two are part of that, so I'm sure he will look at it and think it's great that they're taking over this weekend."

Huddersfield Town's Under-17 side is back in Under-18 Youth Alliance action on Saturday 19 January 2019.

The Young Terriers face Hartlepool United at PPG Canalside with the match kicking off at 11am.

Supporters can attend the match for FREE, head over to the pitches over the back of the canal to watch the youngsters.

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