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Dundalk Underage 13s 15s 17s and 19s

Post by Sneachta » Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:02 am

I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread on our underage set up and potential players for the future.

Only a couple of games in and bohs look very strong at all levels. Looks like their link with Kevin's boys is paying dividends already.

Any local stars for the future? I know there's a goalkeeper for ardee celtic at u14 who I wouldn't be surprised if he went all the way. Have watched him since u10s. Real quality chap. Can't remember his name.

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Re: Dundalk Underage 13s 15s 17s and 19s

Post by superman » Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:28 pm

I wonder if the owners are planning on investing in the youth structures at the club, as our stature of senior club isn't being reflected in the underage set up. Really, we should be the most attractive team in the country for young players to come to, both for offering stabilty in growth and senior success.

I don't know the ins and outs of the set up, so its hard to comment but for me, but it is dissapointing to have no ex youth players in the senior squad. This kind of signals short term success. While Dundalk has a small population, we are not far from Dublin while also have a huge catchment area in Meath/Monaghan/Cavan so I think we can find and develop some players.

Underage is where the league can develop massively as less and less top english clubs take young Irish players means we can develop them here and give them senior experiance, before letting them move on (which would allow the players to get an education and also mature themseleves), I just hope the club does not allow the Dublin teams to start developing this side way ahead of us, and then playing catch up.

Do we have a specialised 'head of youth development'? Or is this rolled into another job?
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Re: Dundalk Underage 13s 15s 17s and 19s

Post by El Paso » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:58 pm

We won four League Titles in five years with a manager who paid no attention to developing youth players (ironic, given his new role). A good academy requires massive amounts of investment with no guarantee of return and no evidence that it leads to more success in the long run than signing the products of much bigger academies.

The Dublin LOI clubs also have the benefit of being able to tap into Dublin schoolboy set-ups that completely dwarf anything in our catchment area. Bohs have a tight deal with Kevin's; Pats have something similar with Crumlin and Cherry Orchard. Ours is with Malahide, which at least makes north County Dublin available to us.

Personally the locals thing or youth coming through is a nice to have, but I can't say I cared for a split second when we were ripping it up in the Europa League or winning two Doubles.

We have commitments in terms of the four underage Leagues, and we absolutely should develop good relationships with clubs in our natural catchment area to ensure their best players join our underage set-up and develop with us. I hope it's a lot more than just a box-ticking exercise. But the first team should always be the overwhelming priority.

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Re: Dundalk Underage 13s 15s 17s and 19s

Post by Ezeikial » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:23 pm

superman wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:28 pm
Really, we should be the most attractive team in the country for young players to come to, both for offering stabilty in growth and senior success.
superman wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:28 pm
I don't know the ins and outs of the set up, so its hard to comment but for me, but it is dissapointing to have no ex youth players in the senior squad.
Part of the answer to why we are not the most attractive team in the country for young players lies in your observation that we have almost no recent track record of developing players or providing first team opportunities for emerging talent.

While involvement in the National Leagues may have slowed down the traditional talent drain going from local schoolboy clubs to the major Dublin schoolboy clubs, there is no evidence that there is a clear strategy to attract and develop the top young players in the country. Maybe the investment required is not a priority for the club currently, but it would certainly be interesting to hear Mike Treacy's views on this.
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