As part of The Nomads' transition to becoming a full time club, we are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Head Scout in the form of Steven Garnett.
Wrexham-based Garnett, will be primarily tasked with helping Andy Morrison and Jay Catton identify young talent to join The Nomads' Elite Full Time Development Squad, ahead of the 2017/18 season.
Garnett, an ex-youth player with Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alexandra, has gained valuable scouting experience with Cambridge United and Preston North End and is currently working towards his FAW B Licence.
The main focus of Steven's work will be North West and North Wales based 18-23 year old players, maybe who have been released from league clubs, and want to maintain full time status, albeit, maybe using The Nomads as a "shop window", much like Jordan Davies, the Wrexham loan star who quickly enhanced his reputation playing for Bangor City in the Welsh Premier League recently, which helped secure a move to Championship side Brighton.
The Development Squad will be integral to The Nomads' First team and applications to join will be extended across the whole UK and Europe, as the programme will also incorporate accommodation.
Whilst Welsh-born players will always take precedence, The Nomads are also looking to capitalise on their extensive EU connections to introduce young European talent into Welsh football.
A launch brochure will be released in February, with planned trials and explanations of how to apply.
gap personnel CEO and The Nomads' Owner Gary Dewhurst added; "Our clear intention is to make the league more competitive at the top level and I hope the FAW and Welsh fans in general support this initiative. As the only full-time team in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League, many have argued that TNS should win every game, they are playing against lads who spend Monday to Friday working in warehouses, factories and offices, rushing to train two nights a week at best.
What we cannot deny, full time or not, Craig Harrison has built a formidable side that are the benchmark for any ambitious club in the league. The next 12 months should be extremely interesting."
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