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Academy staff

29 June 2016

United's SteelPhalt Academy has undergone a summer staffing restructure ahead of the forthcoming 2016/17 campaign for the Club's development age groups.

Following the departure of Nick Cox, who was headhunted by Manchester United, former player Travis Binnion steps up to the role of Academy Manager and will also take charge of the U21s on a full-time basis, a role vacated by Chris Morgan in January, when he left to join Danny Wilson at Chesterfield.

Having also shown his strong coaching capabilities at Shirecliffe in previous seasons, former fans favourite Derek Geary has been appointed Lead Coach of the U18s and he will responsible for the coaching and development of the scholars moving forward.

Meanwhile, the experienced Steve Holmes has become Head of Academy Football Operations. The role of Steve will be critical in running the football operations of the Academy, as he will also lead the Club through the Elite Player Performance audit later in the year.

Speaking of the changes, Binnion, who is confident the future remains bright, remarked: "Nick has left a very strong platform for us to build on as we continue to move forward.

"John Dungworth and Mick Wadsworth are very much key to the development of the players with their vast knowledge and experience and I am really happy to have got Del (Geary) on board too.

"Steve has been re-positioned so we can really utilise his qualities and again he is someone who has a very important role to play in the future."

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