SAFC have had a mini restructure at the Academy in order to build the depleted backroom staff back up again.

Lewis Dickman and Leann Cowperthwaite become Academy Manager and Head of Academy Operations respectively and Stuart English becomes Head of Coaching. English worked alongside Kristjaan Speakman as Assistant Academy Manager at Birmingham City FC, before becoming Head of Coaching at Brentford FC.

Speakman said: “A modern-day academy requires strong, collaborative and diverse leadership and we now have that in place. I look forward to supporting our new academy leadership group, as we strive to deliver a best-in-class youth system with a clear talent pathway through to the senior squad.”