Huddersfield Town have a new sports science specialist, Dr John Iga, on board.

A former head of sports science at the Football Association, the 36-year-old will become the Championship club’s newly-created head of performance services.

He will take overall responsibility for the sports science and medical departments from first-team level and throughout all academy age groups, with all staff in these disciplines reporting to him.

Head of sports science Al Stewart has left Town.

At the FA, Dr Iga worked on all aspects of sports science and performance nutrition with every national team, as well as working specifically with England Under 21s on match days.

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He joined the FA from Wolves, where he was head of academy science and medicine.

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner explained: “The work on fitness and nutrition that our players receive is vitally important.

“We are asking our lads to play the full-throttle style of football that I like and to do that, they must be as healthy as possible.

“John’s record speaks for itself and after I met him, I was sure that he was somebody we needed to bring to Huddersfield Town.

“John is one of the leaders in his discipline in the world and it is another sign of the progress that we are making as a club that he wants to be a part of our journey.

“I have talked about our desire to take the next steps in the development of the squad and I believe that John’s arrival is a big one.”

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Town’s head of football operations Stuart Webber said: “John’s appointment to this new role is a huge one for the club.

“We have seen the big steps taken in our style and identity on the pitch since David was appointed and now this is another big step off the pitch.

“Not only will he modernise and improve our sports science, medical and nutritional operations at first-team level, he will also implement a ‘one club’, joined-up philosophy in this field all the way through the Under 21 and academy age groups.

“Everybody knows how important the academy is to this club’s long-term plan for success and sustainability and we felt this was an important step forward in this area.”

Stewart joined Town from Hull City in June 2014 having previously worked with England lacrosse and Scotland rugby league teams and Manchester City’s academy.