Young Terriers certainly showing signs of improvement
- Town’s Under-17s have progressed under Coach Jon Worthington
- U17 fixture list allow them to work on different parts of their game
- Young Terriers continue to work hard at home
Huddersfield Town have made many effective changes at Academy level over the past few seasons, resulting in plenty of now familiar First Team faces coming through the set up to make their debuts.
And for some this process starts right through from Under-17 level, who are coached by former Town captain Jon Worthington.
His group are given a vast range of objectives to work on in training and as they come up against often older, more physical opponents during Youth Alliance League matches at Under-18 level.
There is also the opportunity for the group to put all eyes on the final result in cup matches, and so far, one of the highlights of the Young Terriers’ season is their progression to the knockout stages of the Clarets Cup.
Both coaches and players alike agree the system and fixture programme is extracting the best from the youngsters, which can be seen with Town’s summer 2019 recruits, according to ‘Worthy’.
“I think it’s been great (working on the development programme),” he said.
“We’ve had some real yardsticks in terms of when the team played in pre-season, right up to Christmas and when they’ve played since, and as a group they’ve taken massive strides.
“They’ve improved collectively as a team but also the lads have gained real understanding of the philosophy of the Club and a real tactical understanding of the game.”
Despite the youngsters’ fixture list being postponed during the current COVID-19 pandemic, they are continuing to work at home, so their progress isn’t halted.
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