Former Hamilton Academy Director and current Preston assistant Frankie McAvoy has praised his former club.

McAvoy is currently enjoying a great spell at Deepdale working alongside former Accies boss Alex Neil. The Lillywhites sit sixth in the Championship.

McAvoy was once at Hamilton. (Photo by Chris Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

In an interview with BBC Alba, McAvoy explains that he never expected to get to where he is just now and that Accies should receive credit for allowing youth players to shine.

“They had a good youth system when I went to Hamilton Accies, the foundations were there,” McAvoy said.

“The continuity is there and that’s what Hamilton’s about. They give the guys a chance and there’s a platform for them to go play in the first-team. Hamilton are fantastic for that.”

Preston assistant McAvoy has time for Hamilton

McAvoy clearly has a lot of time for his old employers. They accommodated him in various roles for ten years and gave him the chance to develop as a coach.

McAvoy is now at Preston (Photo by Chris Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Since his Accies spell, he has assisted Neil at Norwich and now Preston. Whilst at the South Lanarkshire club, McAvoy oversaw the likes of James McCarthy and James McArthur’s development. Both of those players have gone to become Premier League stalwarts after initial guidance from the Preston assistant.

The talent conveyor belt hasn’t stopped running since though. Lewis Smith and Jamie Hamilton are just two of Accies’ young talents currently thriving in the first-team.

McAvoy will be focused on all things Preston but his spell at Hamilton seems to be something he holds dear.

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