Bradford City’s Head of Youth David Wetherall is set to join The Football League as their new Head of Youth Development.
Wetherall will replace the outgoing Graham Hawkins who is retiring after working for the League for 11 years.
The 40-year-old former central defender has been with the Bantams since joining them in a 1.4m move from Leeds United in June 1999 ahead of their first season in the Premier League.
He went on to make over 300 appearances for City before hanging up his boots in May 2008.
Since then Wetherall has worked as the Club’s Head of Youth and admits that his decision to leave Valley Parade was a tough one.
“It was a difficult decision to leave because I’ve developed a great affinity for the place,” said Wetherall speaking to the Telegraph & Argus.
“But this is a top job in youth development football. These opportunities don’t come along very often and it is something I couldn’t afford to turn down.”
“I am proud and privileged to have been chosen for this position at The Football League and I can’t wait to get started. I hope to have a positive effect on football development across The Football League by helping clubs to develop even more young players.”
The Football League’s Chief Operating Officer, Andy Williamson said:
“David is a high calibre appointment. He has set standards for players and coaches to aspire to throughout his career. We are delighted that he has accepted this hugely important role.”
“The Football League is rightly proud if its track record in Youth Development, not just in terms of developing young players but also giving them access to first team football at a young age.”
“We look forward to David joining The League and enhancing our contribution to this crucial area of the domestic game.”