The Kids Are Alright For Flanagan's 'Unique' Concord!

Adam Flanagan says Concord Rangers’ approach is “unique” - and that their faith in youth is paying off.

The Beachboys boss has ensured there is a firm link between the club’s youth sides and the first team.

A number of youngsters have progressed through Concord’s system and they are now seven points clear of danger in the National League South table following an impressive run of form.

Rangers have home games against Eastbourne Borough and Oxford City up next and two wins could see them climb up towards mid-table.

Boss Flanagan told the Essex Echo: “Where possible we try to give opportunities for all of the U18s to train with the first team and players that perform well can end up training with us permanently.

“For the level Concord is competing at, we are unique in this approach and, while the success of players returning to the first team might be monitored over a longer period, we have seen success already.

“Six players over the last two seasons have represented the first team, with Adam Topley and Jed Smith becoming established first team members.

“I believe the youth players now see a path forward, whether it be in the first team or with the club guiding them in Non-League.”

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