Another bizarre stance above, to pick out Kevin O'Hara from a club that produced Kinglsey, Fulton, McGrandles etc...
Three benefits of the academy that come immediately to mind:
Best chance of club gaining the services of a top class player that can be sold for significant money.
Negates the need to sign players like Hart, Doyle, Krachunov and the likes if you have a good youth system. Boys who take money for nothing.
Creates a good community link if you give the best local young players a platform.
There will be more. What are the negatives? It costs a bit of money? The sale of Davidson, Griffin, Scott and McAnespie over 20 years ago is probably still covering the cost of running it if need be.
Until we know and the club illustrate their vision, this is a very poor move.