Brighton Coash Gary Dicker hails youth lineup as ‘the best he’s ever seen’

ALBION U18 coach Gary Dicker believes he is settling into his new role at the club after a good start to the season.

Dicker’s side won their first game of the season 2-0 away at Fulham with an own goal and a Joshua Duffus penalty ensured Albion took all three points.

The manager and his first pre-season with the team following his appointment last season and he has made sure to underline the importance of this time with the players.

Dicker told the club’s website: “It’s been a massive difference for me. For the first six months I just discussed and learned things because you’re not quite sure how you want to go about things yet.

“The pre-season is so important and we covered everything we wanted to do. Getting your point across pre-season is really important, it was a lot better than coming in mid-season like I did last year. It was great Get to know the players and how they are.

“Apparently [under-18 midfielder] Joe Knight looks great on me, but now they all understand my accent.”

After the result against Fulham, Dicker was happy to see his side picking up form from pre-season to mainstream.

He said: “It was a really good performance. We brought our form from last season to the league. I’m very happy with the group, even the guys who didn’t play were just as important as it drove the guys who started.

“It was a mature performance for me, they controlled the game well, which we didn’t always do last season. It was against a good side from Fulham too, it was a good start.”

The 36-year-old, who has played over 150 games for Albion in his playing career, also praised the club’s systems, which give young players the opportunity to train with the first-team.

This system was in full swing last season when six academy graduates made their first-team debuts during the season.

Dicker believes the Albion player development path is the “best” he’s seen in football.

He said: “We had a player or two training with the first team last week which was brilliant.

“Normally, as a 16-year-old you don’t get any first-team training, let alone a Premier League club.

“The way and the way the club is run, we have this continuity between the U18s, the U21s and the first team that is second to none, it’s the best I’ve seen.

“First-team coaches trust the players they have in the building first, they trust us to do our job and ask for our opinion.” Brighton Coash Gary Dicker hails youth lineup as ‘the best he’s ever seen’

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