Fulham's new head of coaching Steve Wigley is delighted with his arrival.
Wigley has an impressive history of nurturing young stars who would go on to represent their first teams at the highest level, and he admits he hopes to have the same degree of success at Fulham.
“It’s always nice to look back and see that a lot of young players you’ve worked with have gone on to have good careers,” Wigley told fulhamfc.com. “If I was to say what’s given me the biggest thrill and enjoyment it my career, it would be that.
“I worked in the Nottingham Forest academy when we produced people like Michael Dawson, Jermaine Jenas and Andy Reid. I was also Director of Youth at Southampton and it’s been well documented that we were quite successful with the likes of Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale.
“The thrill for anybody that works in an academy is to sit in the stands on a Saturday afternoon and see the people that you’ve helped along the way. I’d like to think that in years to come that I could sit in the stands at Craven Cottage and see some people that have come through the Academy system while I’ve worked here.”