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Fulham have today announced the appointment of Malcolm Elias as their new academy head of talent identification and recruitment.

Elias, who has previously been Liverpool’s academy director, worked with Fulham’s academy director Huw Jennings at Southampton and helped Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Kenwyne Jones rise through the Saints’ youth set-up to become first team regulars. He holds a coveted UEFA A Licence and will be back in football after leaving Anfield by mutual consent this summer.

Jennings told Fulham’s website: “As one of the most sought after members of the scouting fraternity in recent years, I am delighted to welcome Malcolm Elias to Fulham Football Club’s academy. Malcolm’s pedigree speaks for itself, having developed the careers of some of the finest young talents in the professional game over recent years. Several of Malcolm’s protégées have not only gone on to establish themselves as first team players at their respective clubs, but have also appeared on the international stage.”

Fulham also confirmed that John O’Brien will become the club’s Greater London youth recruitment manager and Gwyn James has been appointed as national and international youth recruitment manager.