Former Crystal Palace midfielder Jamie Fullarton took the time to speak to Palace Player on Wednesday after being appointed as the club's new Development Coach.
Fullarton made more than 70 appearances for the Eagles over three seasons between 1997 and 2000. Now back as a coach, he spoke of how he is looking forward to helping the club's young professionals make the transition from youth team football, to the first team.
“It is great to be back at Crystal Palace and to be working with the young players. Palace have had a reputation of producing young players and even when I was here as a player we had the likes of Clinton Morrison and Hayden Mullins coming through the system. In recent years we have had Wilfried Zaha and Jonathan Williams come through and as the development coach it is about helping them make that jump.”
Former players always talk about the buzz they got from plying their trade in front of their fans each week and whilst it isn't exactly the same, Fullarton admitted the buzz of being a coach comes a close second.
“As a coach it doesn't get better than seeing players play in the first team having worked with you. At this club we have got a young manager who wants to bring these young players into the first team and if they are good enough they know that they will get played.”
Curtis Flemings' promotion to first team coach allowed Freedman to bring in Fullarton, having kept in contact with each other over the years.
“Football is a small world, the people who you play with and have an affinity with and have a good bond you keep in contact with. Fortunately, as we have progressed in the other side of the game in coaching, I have kept in contact with the manager, which is fortunate. An opportunity has arisen here which is fantastic for myself.”
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