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Pepper aiming for academy growth

23 September 2022

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Jon Pepper is excited by the prospect of growing City’s academy structure.

Having recently joined the club as head of academy, Pepper is setting targets for his new role and believes that there is a lot of potential to grow the Imps’ academy.

He said: “I am really excited about the new role and am looking forward to getting stuck in. It is a project that really interests me and after speaking to Jez George and Liam Scully, there is a genuine appetite to improve, develop and make the academy really integral to the club.

“The facilities at the EPC are nice and very functional. Whatever level you are working at, the environment has got to be right. It seems to me that the club have really thought about the surroundings from the first-team right through to the academy.”

Three City academy graduates have recently been called up for international duty and Pepper is keen to take the academy to the next level using his vast experience within the game.

He continued: “I have 26 years’ experience in academy football, from coaching right through to academy manager at various clubs.

“My most recent experience was at Burnley from 2016 until 2021, where I was their academy manager. I took them from category three to category one in the space of four seasons. I will probably be looking to apply similar principles into my role here at Lincoln City.”

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