Last Updated: Thu, 06 Jun 2013 12:39
Kevin Nicholson has expressed his delight after being confirmed as Cardiff City's new Under-18s manager.
Nicholson spent eight years as a player at Derby County's Centre of Excellence but quickly decided he wanted to move into coaching.
He began his coaching career with Stoke City before spending returning to old club Derby in February 2007. The 27-year-old then moved to Exeter last October where he oversaw the Grecians' Under-18 team.
During his time at St James' Park he was also among 16 coaches selected to undertake the FA's pilot Elite Coaches Award course - the first Level 5 qualification to be aimed specifically at coaches.
The newly-promoted Bluebirds are clearly impressed with Nicholson's potential and have asked him to coach their Under-17 to Under-21 players as well as managing the Under-18 team.
"I'm delighted to have been given the opportunity to join a club the size of Cardiff City and to take on a very important role within their Academy," he told the club's official website.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Exeter City - it's a wonderful club, full of excellent people. It's been a valuable experience for me and one in which I've learnt a lot.
"I'm also sad to be leaving, because I've built up very good relationships with everyone at the club, including Steve Perryman and Paul Tisdale.
"Exeter took a chance on me back in October, when there was no other club prepared to do so at that time."
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