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One of my more enjoyable conversations over the last seven days was a chat with Stuart Watkiss about his plans to set up a football academy in the Black Country.
If you're keen enough on West Midlands football to read the Mercury's sports pages, there's a fair chance that you've heard of Stuart, right.
He started his playing career in 1982 with Wolves and spent three years at Molineux before a year at Dario Gradi's Crewe Alexandra and then six years in Non-League where he combined playing for Rushall Olympic with a full-time job as a postman.
He forced his way back into full-time football for three years at Walsall, where he was managed by Kenny Hibbitt and Chris Nicholl, before spells with Hereford and Mansfield.
After 450 games, he moved into coaching and management and has stints with Hull City, Grimsby Town, Mansfield, Barnsley and Kidderminster Harriers on his CV. It's fair to assume, then, that Stuart knows what he's talking about - and knows how to fight back from rejection.
That's what his new Academy is aiming to help young players achieve.
As he told me this week: "It's my belief that there are many good players with great unfulfilled potential playing youth football that still haven't been discovered by professional clubs. …