Bosomworth wants to see more graduates from the Town youth team

David Bosomworth wants to see more players from the Town youth team folow in the footsteps of Sam Hillhouse (pictured).
David Bosomworth wants to see more players from the Town youth team folow in the footsteps of Sam Hillhouse (pictured).

Town chairman David Bosomworth says the success of the club’s youth set-up will be judged on how many players are brought through to their first-team.

The Halifax youth side finished third in last season’s Football Conference Youth Alliance North Division but were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup in the second qualifying round.

Recent graduate Sam Hillhouse made four substitute appearances last season for the Town first-team.

Fellow youngster Jake Hibbs came off the bench once in the last campaign. while young striker Dominic Marie made one substitute appearance during the 2013-14 season.

Bosomworth wants to see a greater flow of talent from the youth ranks to the first-team, and puts that as a greater priority than winning trophies.

“It isn’t where the youth team finishes in the league or cup that’s important,” he said.

“You need success in whatever competition you’re in but the proof of the pudding is whether you can bring players through.

“Obviously the first movement in that area is Sam Hillhouse, who is really raw.

“He’s not ready to press for regular first-team football and may need to go out on loan, play some men’s football, get knocked about a bit and understand the game a bit better.

“That’s what Jake Hibbs and Dominic Marie have both done.

“Jake is doing really well and has a chance of being in the first-team group next season at pre-season training, as Sam has.

“We played Bradford in a youth friendly at one point last season and it finished 4-4.

“It’s a good barometer because Bradford are a good side, so it was interesting to see how far we’ve come.”

Bosomworth places a strong emphasis on the club’s youth policy, which is overseen by head of youth development Steve Nichol.

“It’s important to be seen in the community and bring youngsters into the club, which puts bums on seats and gets youngsters coming to watch us,” said Bosomworth..

“But the other side is that Steve’s got to feed the funnel and the more players we see the better.

“We’re working with Calderdale College and it’s all based in the local area.

“We play our games at Rothwell at the moment but perhaps at some stage they might come to The Shay.

“But the pitch was another reason we didn’t do that because it wouldn’t have stood any more games on it.”