Back Talent Strategy 2021

How are the selection processes going to evolve and improve?

We have been developing a scouting programme. The aim of this scouting system is to collate more insight ensuring informed decision making takes place at selection points. The process will ensure that several scouts observe a player on multiple occasions. These observations will be systematically recorded and utilised in selection. We have also begun developing a ‘new’ player profile which will cover a broad range of qualities - this will aid our future talent development and identification. We will need a group of exceptional people (in some instances coaches) to scout talent and a robust process of nominating and then observing players on multiple occasions. Clearly, it will be important that these scouts are as independent as possible and understand the biases, both conscious and unconscious, that can be involved in talent identification and selection.