Liam Lawrence on what it means to be involved with the academy

Former Stoke City star Liam Lawrence.
Former Stoke City star Liam Lawrence.

Having established himself as a Stoke City favourite back in the day, Liam Lawrence is now working within the club's academy as a coach for the U21s alongside Ryan Shawcross.

Describing how it feels to have returned to his former home, the 42-year-old said:

"I love it. This club means everything to me. It was probably the most successful time in my playing career here. Getting the club out of the Championship into the Premier League and then keeping them there. I love being around the staff and bringing these players through.

"Helping them become some of the fantastic young players that we're now seeing and getting the opportunities to train with the first team on a regular basis. I'm proud of it. I love this football club and want it to do well."

You can listen to the full interview on BBC Radio Stoke's Sport at Six: Academy Special here.