James Haycock and Chris Senior join new medical dept.
Huddersfield Town has today taken the next step in the development of its physiotherapy team.
James Haycock is Town's new First Team Physio; he joins the Terriers from npower League 1 outfit Hartlepool United, where he has fulfilled a similar role since February 2006. Previously he worked in the Newcastle United Academy for over four years; with the England Futsal team and with athletes from a variety of sports at the English Institute of Sport.
Haycock has a degree in Physiotherapy as well as a Master's degree in Manipulative Therapy, making him a specialist in the treatment of joint and soft tissue problems. This year he expects to complete a second Master's degree in Sports Medicine.
"Huddersfield is a big Club. I've been here with Hartlepool on numerous occasions and I've always been impressed, so this is a great opportunity for me to work at a higher level of football. This Club has real potential and is going places, so I'm delighted to be here.
"I have a chance to develop my side of things here and push it on to a Championship standard - and beyond. We want the medical department to be as good as is feasible and that's exciting.
"The bit of my job that supporters see on a Saturday is not my main function, although it is important. The real work goes into the players in the weeks and months leading up to the games to try and prevent injuries and as such the relationship with the management and fitness team is so important.
"I'm really looking forward to meeting all the players. I've spoken to the staff here already about the pre-season programme and what lies ahead and the obvious aim is to get the lads as fit as they can be without picking up too many niggles."
James will be joined on the Physiotherapy team by Masseur Chris Senior. Chris will be a familiar name to Town fans; Huddersfield-born, he came through the Club's Academy as a striker before leaving in 2003. He subsequently played for the likes of Wakefield, Scarborough, Halifax Town, Altrincham, Alfreton Town, Darlington and most recently Guiseley, but will now hang up his boots to concentrate on his off the field role at Town.
Chris, who has previously held a part-time masseuse role at Sheffield United, worked for the Club on a part time basis last season.
Over the coming days and weeks further changes to the medical and support teams are planned - keep checking htafc.com for further information.