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BIG GLOVES TO FILL

14 June 2013

New Goalkeeping Coach to tap into experience...

NEIL Cutler knows that he has big shoes, or should that be gloves, to fill after replacing the long-serving Mick Kearns as Goalkeeping Coach at Banks’s Stadium.

But standing at 6’4” and with a real hunger and thirst for knowledge, the 36 year-old has all the credentials needed to be successful.

“I want to get better and improve as a coach and I feel that this is the ideal place to be able to do that,” said the former Bury and Scunthorpe United coach. “Dean Smith is a top young manager and Richard O’Kelly is a great coach, whilst Mick Kearns will be on hand to offer help and advice, so I can only learn from that kind of experience and know-how.

“I am young and hungry and have lots of ideas about what I want to do with the goalkeepers here. I will be working with all the ‘keepers from Academy level right to the very top, so it’s an exciting challenge as I look to produce some good goalkeepers for the club.

“Having spoken to Dean at length, it is clear that this is a club that is going places and can help me get to where I want to be.

“I only live down the road and have grown up around this area, so I know a lot about the club and where Dean and Richard want to take it.

“I’ve already spoken to Mick Kearns and it’s good to know that I will be able to call on him for advice. Goalkeeping is a trade where you pick up tips and ideas from everyone you meet and bouncing ideas off each other is the only way to learn.

“Mick will be around from time-to-time to watch my sessions and offer words of wisdom. He has been involved in the game so long that it would be foolish of me not to tap into that.

“I like my goalkeepers to be one step ahead. I like them to be the first in and last out each day. I work them hard to get the best out of them.

“It’s such an important position and we will be taking our time and doing our homework to ensure that we have the right people on board to suit the club.”

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