"It’s a lot better for us than it was - and everyone’s striving to be in the first team. We’re all in it together it’s a really good place for young lads at the moment. When you get a chance you need to take it with both hands.” says Ross - who also explained that he and his team mates had travelled to Donnie to support Alex who they believe has been "one of the better players on the pitch" recently. Few would argue with that assessment.
Ross says he would be happy to go out to the lower leagues to get some game time if the coaches felt it appropriate. In the interim he intends to work hard - and looks to the progress made by Sam Byram and Tom Lees as a barometer of the rewards awaiting those who are prepared to listen and work hard.
It would seem that the Academy is a happy place to be at the moment - presumably in no small part to BM's initiatives and team building skills.