Chris Morgan admits he is looking forward to getting to work with United's next generation in the forthcoming months, following the appointment of new boss Nigel Adkins.
Morgan will again take charge of United's U21s with John Dungworth as his deputy, the former skipper says it is a challenge he is relishing and believes he is a key man in overseeing the transition through the ranks.
"I can't wait to get started with the younger lads in pre-season and we have some good friendlies lined up which will be ideal preparation for when the league fixtures begin," said Morgan, who recently announced his testimonial fixture will take place against Newcastle United on Sunday 26th July, kick-off 1pm.
"Last season I was heavily involved with the first-team, often missing sessions with the U21s owing to travelling commitments, so I am looking forward to getting to work with the lads more regularly on the training pitch and hopefully that time will be productive and enable us to improve on last season's efforts.
"We will mirror the first-team in a lot of ways, it is imperative that from the U18s through to the first-team everything is on the same page and I know that is something the manager is keen to make happen because it means the players progressing through the system can concentrate purely on football."
He added: "My role as development coach is crucial to bridging the gap between the U18s and U21s through to the first-team and I do enjoy getting my hands dirty on the training ground.
"Last season we were good in patches and not so good at other times, next season I want us to be more consistent and hopefully my presence around the group on a more structured basis will help make that happen."