Druids are undergoing a restructuring and expansion that’s one of the most ambitious in the clubs history. The recent appointment of Neil Ashton as First Team Manager has been followed by the appointment FA Intermediary, Peter McCabe who brings with him a wealth of player recruitment and development expertise unrivalled in the welsh game.
Over the past few months, the club has forged a strong working relationship a team in Spain regarding the recruitment, training and development of players, and McCabe has been instrumental in those negotiations.
Named Escuela de Futbol, the relationship involves the Druids sending players over to Spain to train full time. In return, players that the Druids believe could improve the squad would be brought into the Welsh system from Spain. The Druids will also recruit players from the UK, USA and Canada and house them in Spain before joining the club’s promotion push.
“This is a landmark deal and never been done before in Wales but is a model that is widely used in England. It allows us to send our academy players to train full time in warm weather and then return better, fitter and ready for the rigours of welsh football” said Druids Chairman Des Williams.
Players taking advantage of the link will be provided accommodation, food, training etc and at the same time as training every day and playing in showcase games most weekends.
It doesn’t stop there as the Druids also look to the USA and Canada and extending links to several NCAA colleges and universities. The number of international students looking to come to the UK and can play football to a high level is increasing. Druids have Joe Faux as the leading example of this and now is the time to capitalise on this trend.
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