AMBITIOUS Central Midlands League club AFC Mansfield are setting up an U19s team for next season and have appointed former Glapwell and Hucknall Town boss Jason Truscott as U19 manager, assisted by Alex Weston.
Truscott is also well know locally as the former club physio at Mansfield Town.
Although primarily in control of the U19s, Truscott will also cover the first team with any injuries picked up and will work with the first team set-up of manager Micky Taylor, assistant Dougie Etches and goalkeeper coach Graham Rodgers.
The club have also applied to join the Baris North Midlands U19s league for next season.
AFC chairman Steve Hymas said: “As you can see we are building a strong team behind the scenes to hopefully move up the football pyramid.
“This is a very exciting project for the club and I have always been a big believer that there is a lot of potential in the local community, especially those finishing at their boyhood clubs and looking to progress into men’s football.
“It will expand the club further and spread the roots for the future.”
“The league is played on a weekday night and will give everyone at the club chance to follow the teams progress and should players show potential they will be available for first team action should the opportunity arise.
“It has been a decision made by the whole club and something we are all very much looking forward to.”
Jason Truscott is a fully qualified sports therapist, qualified with the FA in the Treatment and Management of Injuries.
He first started out as an assistant sports therapist for Hucknall Town FC.
After a couple of seasons he went to work part time for Derby County Academy’s medical team, assisting all age ranges from U9s to U18s for five years, before giving that up to work at Mansfield Town for nearly three years as first team sports therapist.
Jason then embarked on his first managerial post at Glapwell, working very hard with Alex Weston, where he managed to get them within the top six position before departing for a short-lived spell at crisis club Hucknall Town.
Truscott said that, having worked previously with the directors of AFC, the prospect of working for them, as well as alongside Micky Taylor, Doug Etches and Graeme Rodger, the offer of first team sports therapist and next season’s U19s manager was too good an opportunity to pass over.