Disagree there. Concentrate on the first level Peter.
can you raise the left lateral to 45 degrees and lower the vertical to just less than 45 if possible and train a new vertical from as near as possible to the centre? It should work Peter.
the aim is to create one tier at a time from the BOTTOM up.
You can have fun with training branches...remember the golden rule: vertical branches for growth and horizontal for fruit. By lowering the vertical ....eventually by summer's end....to horizontal you will encourage a vertical shoot (along with others that essentially want to produce fruiting spurs) so choose this or the strongest most central one for your leader.
Thereafter, 3 shoots....2 laterals and one vertical for every year and every tier.
have fun! Don't be afraid. Bet your tree will look more like it by next August
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