MATT Gill is looking forward to continuing his work with Norwich City's Under-23s after being confirmed as the Development Squad's permanent manager.
The 36-year-old, who represented City as a player from 2009 to 2011, takes on the position after overseeing the youngsters on a caretaker basis for the second half of last season.
"It's a great job for myself to get, being my hometown club," he told Norwich City TV.
"It's important with the new structure that the Academy pulls his weight. There's a lot of expectation and that's a good thing for us."
Reflecting on what can be taken from his increased involvement during the latter stages of the 2016-17 campaign, Gill added: "I really enjoyed that experience.
"I got to know the lads really well so that's helped me no end. I've been able to get a good knowledge of all the boys and hopefully we can hit the ground running.
"The boys were given off-season programmes by Jay Eastoe-Smith, the Head of Academy Sports Science, and they've come back really well. We've been really impressed and it's allowed us to get good work into them early on."