I would have thought the idea of a youth academy was to bring through young lads, give them first team experience, develop them then hopefully sell them on. The money we make from that goes back into the youth system
So how have we done. Well the Record lists
James McArthur, James McCarthy, Docherty, Ferguson, Michael Devlin, Lee Kilday, Eamonn Brophy and Darren Lyons.”
McArthur, McCarthy were about 12 years ago, Docherty was about 3 years ago and they brought in money for the club. Of the rest Ferguson went for a song and I dont think we got anything for the rest. So is this a great investment ?
Some of the current first team players did come through the ranks but how many of them will we sell on for a reasonable fee. Not many.
You could argue that having the first team with academy players saves us from buying anyone or signing anyone on a free. But you have to ask does the investment match the end results