6 September 2022

Luke Coulson returns!

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  • Men's
Luke Coulson returns!

We are delighted to welcome former Raven, Luke Coulson, back to Hayes Lane as an Academy coach alongside his playing duties over at Dartford.

The fans’ favourite departed the club in the summer after three-and-a-half years where he also surpassed 100 appearances.

Coulson now returns as part of the Academy and expressed his delight in being back in his familiar surroundings.

“It’s great to be back at the club, working with the under 17s and 18s. It’s been really productive and I’ve really enjoyed my time so far.

“It’s brilliant that the club continue to be renowned for bringing up Academy talent. We’re at a stage now where we get a cluster of players who are all really good in one position so it’s our job to break that down. Away from this, there is also a group of talented players who don’t quite know their position yet so that’s on us to fine-tune their talent, allowing players the freedom to learn about themselves.”

Coulson is no stranger to being around the Academy. Back when he was a player, he got involved in a number of sessions during his time with us.

“Coaching is always something I’ve been keen to do and it was always a big part of my next life decision. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Our former number seven will still be continuing his playing duties at Princes Park and this allows him to see things from both a coaching and playing side.

“It’s a unique position to be in and hopefully it will allow me to continue to give qualities and information to the players from someone who is still playing themself.”

Speaking about the Academy as a whole, Coulson went on to express the change and growth within our football and education set-up amongst our younger players.

“Our Academy is going from strength to strength. The people who are supporting it are amazing. It’s like young Kellen Fisher being a part of the first team recently and the likes of past players in Liam Vincent and Ollie Tanner, there has been some outstanding talent.

“We’ve got our current First Year Pro’s too who are impressing and it’s a real bench-mark for those wanting to break through to that higher level.”

Our Academy pupils return for the new academic year this week with the first set of fixtures taking place on Wednesday too so it’s full steam ahead of Coulson at the moment. However, the familiar environment has helped him settle into his new role quickly.

“I still see the first team boys and they still give me the usual banter every time they see me. It’s great to be around them still and around a familiar environment. I’m really looking forward to the future.”

We are delighted to have you back, Luke!

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