It’s been a busy close-season for Dr John Iga - and things aren’t about to get any quieter!
Huddersfield Town’s new head of performance services has already made his mark.
But there is plenty of work ahead for the 36-year-old, who is responsible for the sports science and medical departments from first team through to academy level.
Dr Iga joined Town in April after four years at the Football Association, often working with the England Under 21s.
Before that, he worked for Wolves, and is enjoying a return to the day-to-day challenges of club football.
“International football is basically about six windows, but at club level it’s every day,” explained the man who has a PhD in exercise physiology.
“It’s particularly busy in the Football League because of the number of games clubs play.
“That means it’s crucial players can withstand the demands placed on them.
“We work both in terms of preparation and recovery, which is equally important.
“Very clear strategies have been set down, and pre-season has given the players time to get used to what is needed.
“They have to work and live the right way, both on and off the pitch, including what they do in terms of nutrition.”
Head coach David Wagner’s full-throttle style makes Dr Iga’s contribution crucial.
“As the fans will know, it’s a high-pressure, high-intensity possession-based system,” he added.
“The plan is that we play that way at all the various age levels.
“My objective is to establish a support service which ensures the players are able to cope.
“We aim to maximise their ability both to play and avoid injury.
“We have to take into account that they are individuals, so it’s not a case of everyone doing the same thing.
“At academy level we have to factor in that they are maturing athletes, which presents another challenge.”
Dr Iga believes Wagner’s own degree in sports science is a help.
“He understands why I make the demands I do,” he explained.
“There is a clear idea of how we want to prepare the players.
“Now it is about implementing the plans, and while it will take time, we are on the right route.”
Like Wagner, Dr Iga says he is in for the long haul.
“Huddersfield Town have begun a long-term project,” he said.
“I like what the club and the head coach are trying to achieve.
“When they outlined to me where I could fit into the vision, coming here was a no brainer.”