It's been an exciting first half of the season for us here at the Academy.
We've been delighted by some of the superb football that has been played throughout the age groups, while off the pitch there have been some interesting developments too.
None more so, than the arrival of our new owners, NESV, and our Director of Football Strategy, Damien Comolli.
A few weeks ago we were busy going about our day-to-day business when we were pleasantly surprised to see John Henry turn up at the entrance. There was no big fuss and it wasn't a pre-arranged visit, he just wanted to introduce himself to us.
He spoke to me for a good hour and then spent time chatting with Rodolfo Borrell and Pep Segura.
His knowledge of the Academy was really impressive. He had a lot of information about what we have been doing here. He knew how long I had been back at the club and told us how pleased he was with the work we have implemented.
He was also keen to discuss plans for the future and he seemed really interested in what the Academy can offer. I know from reading about him and his other ventures, that the Red Sox place a big emphasis on getting young players through to the first-team. That's what he wants to do here.
At the end of the conversation he told me that he would be bringing in someone very soon, someone who he was certain would be really good for the club.
I expected to hear something through the grapevine over the next few weeks but the following day he was back in Kirkby, except this time he had Damien Comolli alongside him.
I've known Damien for over a decade so his appointment is one I have been delighted by.
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