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Tinnion appointed Player Pathway Manager

Bristol City’s investment in the development of its young players is continuing with the appointment of Brian Tinnion as Player Pathway Manager.

Tinnion, who has been operating with great effect as the Robins’ Loans Manager, is a pivotal link between the Academy and the First Team, which has seen an average of six homegrown players in Dean Holden’s matchday squads this season.

 

City Chief Executive Mark Ashton said: “The investment in our Academy and the player pathway to our first team is fundamental to the success of Bristol City and the Lansdowns’ vision for the club.

“Brian plays an important role in that, be it securing the loans at the right levels, working with our Academy Manager Gary Probert on the development plans for our young players or advising Dean on when to integrate them into the first team environment.”

With 93 appearances by Academy players in first team games this season, including debuts for James Morton, Sam Bell and Owura Edwards and the emergence of Antoine Semenyo, Tyreeq Bakinson and Zak Vyner, the future is bright for the Robins who will soon have the Academy and first team together on a single state-of-the-art facility at Failand.

Academy Manager Probert said: “Our vision is to have a consistent flow of homegrown players of a high standard available to perform in our first team. We are fortunate to be having such a positive period of late with the progression of so many young players. A lot goes into that, from registrations and contracts through to liaising with the coaching staff across the age groups. Brian will help us join all that together and the development of this role is another important move forward for us.”

Tinnion, whose association with the club has spanned 28 years, added: “I want to say a big thank-you to everyone who’s been involved in setting this role up - it’s so exciting knowing how many good young players we have with a good chance of playing for Bristol City.

“It’s a real privilege to be involved in the great work that goes on in the Academy in developing our young players, whether that’s being involved in recruitment, loaning players out, the contract situation with our young players or what players from the Under-18s need to play in the Under-23s.”

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