The U23s job became vacant after Michael Jolley left last month to take charge of Swedish top-flight club Eskilstuna.
"It was a bit of a shock with Mike leaving to go and take a job in Sweden, so there was an opportunity to step up, which the club have asked me to do and I'm happy to do," he said.
"It's a nice progression into a new career and it probably happened a little bit quicker than I expected, but it's a career path I want to take and I eventually want to end up managing.
"But I'm in a good place at the minute.
"I'm learning from a good manager, with the new category status at the academy and going into the better games programme, playing against better players rather than just friendlies all the time.
"And there's obviously some of the lads who I worked with last year moving up, so the continuity is good."
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