Palmer’s Harriers pathway progress

Read about goalkeeper Tom Palmer’s progress from Academy, to first team, to coaching…

Having made his maiden first team Harriers start over the weekend, goalkeeper Tom Palmer has been telling our Academy YouTube channel about the other roles that he holds with the club.

19 year-old Palmer played the majority of a 1-0 victory against AFC Telford United in January, but made his first appearance from the start against FC United of Manchester – both away National League North fixtures producing a victory and clean sheet.

The stopper originally penned his first professional contract with the club in September 2016, and has been involved with the first team ever since.

A graduate of the Harriers Academy programme, Palmer has progressed along different opportunities in the Harriers pathway and is now again involved with our 16-18 players this season in a coaching capacity, as well as also working with our Junior Academy, coaching goalkeepers aged 9-16 and picking up valuable experience.

“…I’ve been through each phase so I try to help them as much as I can…” Tom Palmer

Palmer has been enjoying helping the young Harriers goalkeepers and gave his thoughts to our Academy YouTube channel.

“I got given the chance to work with the Academy players, and it’s really taken off,” said Palmer.

“It’s brilliant, that’s why I took on more hours with it and started working with the Academy because I enjoy it so much.

“I’m doing it for my own development as well, I’m still learning – as I will be for the next 30-40 years in coaching, so I’m just happy to get the opportunity.

“I’ve been in their scenario – in my first year, I wasn’t playing in the Academy top team.

“There’s good goalkeepers here that are not where they want to be right now but things change very quickly in football – it might be a case of them playing in the second or third team and then in the week after, things happen so they might be playing in the top team and it spirals from there.

“I can offer them my knowledge from my time here and working through into the first team.

“I’ve been through each phase so I try to help them as much as I can”.

Harriers Academy have open trials on 23rd April and it’s not too late to get involved – email to register!

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This article is about: Academy, Player News, Youth


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