Gary Brazil is determined to continue his academy’s drive to produce players for Stuart Pearce to use this season.The Reds’ academy manager blooded midfielder Ben Osborn while in temporary charge of first-team affairs at the end of the 2013-14 campaign and the likes of Dimitar Evtimov, Jorge Grant and Tyler Walker have also shown tremendous promise recently.
And Brazil says he and his staff are devoting themselves to keeping the pathway between the first team and academy clear.
He told Forest Player: “The biggest thing for us is starting to get one or two of the young boys in and around the first team. We got a little smell of it towards the end of last season and the gaffer has carried that forward.
“We’ve got to work really hard at trying to supply the next group of players to Stuart.
“I also want to continue to develop our staff. I’m really pleased with the group we have and they have to make sure they’re pushing the boys in the right direction towards either playing first-team football for Nottingham Forest or getting a career somewhere else.
“That’s part of what we have to do and that will be our body of work throughout the whole of this season.”
Players come into Forest’s academy at the Under 9 stage and, while in an ideal world Brazil and his staff would develop players through the age groups, Under 21s manager Jimmy Gilligan says recruitment is currently a primary objective.
Speaking of his Under 21s group, Gilligan said: “We’ve had a number of trialists which has disrupted the group somewhat, but I’m not going to apologise for that. What I want to do, and the whole academy has this ethos, is look at trying to bring better players in.
“We need to be out there competing in the local, national and European markets. For me, the more we can be in people’s faces and compete for players the better it will be for this club.
"The gaffer’s been great, as has the owner. Nobody is standing in our way.”
Brazil and Gilligan were speaking to Forest Player to preview the new academy season, which kicks-off this weekend.