Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that bringing the youngsters through was his biggest satisfaction at Leeds United.
Redfearn worked at the Leeds academy for a number of years before taking charge of the first team for most of the 2014-15 campaign.
The Englishman, who left the West Yorkshire outfit altogether at the end of last season, has expressed his pride at developing the likes of Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook.
“I can’t speak for the supporters but I got the feeling that a lot of them thought we were taking strides forward,” Redfearn told The Yorkshire Evening Post.
“They appreciated some of our football and they could relate to the young players coming through, which is what that club’s about.
“The kids were probably the biggest satisfaction for me – having the chance to bring them through and let years of work come to fruition with them playing in the first team.”
Leeds have some of the most promising young players in the Championship.
Sam Byram, Mowatt, Cook and Charlie Taylor were all developed by Redfearn, who did a wonderful job at Leeds’ academy.
The Whites’ first team are now being managed by Steve Evans, who replaced Uwe Rosler as the head coach last month.
Leeds are 15th in the Championship table at the moment with 19 points from 16 matches, six points above the relegation zone.
The West Yorkshire outfit will take on Rotherham United at Elland Road in the league on Saturday afternoon.