Mark Bright has taken on a new role at the club in recent months, acting as a mentor for our brightest young stars. In a new video uploaded to Palace TV, he, Steve Parish and Chris Grierson discuss the ins and outs of the job, after what has been a successful few months for our academy stars.
You can watch and listen to an in-depth discussion over Mark Bright’s latest role at the club by clicking here. Having never had someone designated towards looking after our academy players, it’s great to see that Mark is now immersed in the job.
Whilst his playing career will obviously stand him in good stead with the likes of Sullay Kaikai and Keshi Anderson and Jake Gray amongst others, it is his ability to empathise with their needs and worries which will hopefully prove to be the most positive factor associated to his involvement on a basic level.
After hearing Steve Parish discuss the lack of care and attention that had previously been shown towards our young players, it seems only right that the club should employ a recognisable face in the role of a go-between for the academy stars and Alan Pardew at first-team level.
The chairman’s input emphasises the understanding he gained from other clubs over their treatment of players at academy level, alongside the necessity to put someone into the role who understood the game at a basic level, judging whether or not they would benefit from joining a specific squad, dependant on the tactical set-up the manager in charge favours.
There is also some discussion over the duty of care Parish feels the club has to each and every young player that passes through our doors, with the conversation shifting towards what he and Mark can do to ensure that they aren’t left out in the cold completely if a career within the professional game isn’t for them.
The video is another shining example of the fantastic improvements the club have made in their media output over recent months, giving us as supporters a truly varied insight into the day-to-day workings of the organisation on every level.