Wolves’ well-respected Head of Academy Recruitment Alan Travis is to retire in December.
Travis, who succeeded Tony Lacey when arriving at the club in 2009, has almost three decades of experience in youth football including spells with Manchester City and at Derby, where he first linked up with Wolves’ Head of Football Development and Recruitment Kevin Thelwell.
“I’d previously worked with Alan at Derby where we had some great success with players like Will Hughes, Jeff Hendrick and Mark O’Brien, who were all identified by Alan,” says Thelwell.
“That success meant I was always keen to bring him to Wolves, and he has been a fantastic servant to the club and to the Academy ever since.
“It is a sad day for us to be losing him, but we wish him all the best for his retirement which is planned for around Christmas time.”
“For 25 years I have been in a privileged position of being able to give young players the opportunity to progress in the professional game,” said Travis.
“It has been a great experience for me working for the Academy in a really positive atmosphere and with some really dedicated colleagues.
“I think the quality and the high standards demanded by everyone within the Academy played a key factor in achieving Category One status, and I am proud to have played a part in that process.
“There is an opportunity at the club now for the young players to go on and achieve at senior level and, even though I am retiring at the end of the year, I will be looking on and hoping the next batch of players we have recruited will be able to follow in their footsteps.
“I would like to take this opportunity to wish my successor all the best in the role of Head of Academy Scouting, and I am sure the Academy will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Head of Recruitment Stuart Webber will now lead the process to bring in a new Head of Academy Scouting.
“We are now looking for a new member of staff who will certainly have a tough act to follow,” added Thelwell.
“We have got to make sure the Academy keeps moving forward and Alan has been a big part of that, recruiting some talented players to come through the programme and helping the club achieve Category One status.”