IT WAS straight down to business for James Haycock as Huddersfield Town returned for pre-season training.
The former Hartlepool and Newcastle academy physio has succeeded Dave Buckby at the Championship club – and was delighted to meet the players he’ll be looking after.
“Huddersfield are a big club. I’ve been here with Hartlepool on numerous occasions and always been impressed,” said Haycock, who had been at Victoria Park since 2006 and has also worked for the English Institute of Sport and England futsal team.
“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 the job that supporters see on a Saturday is not my main function, although it is important.
“The real work goes on in the weeks and months leading up to the games to try and prevent injuries and the relationship with the management and fitness team is so important.
“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.”
Haycock already has degrees in physiotherapy and sports science and a master’s degree in manipulative therapy, making him a specialist in the treatment of joint and soft tissue problems.
He is currently completing a second master’s in sports medicine.
Town have also appointed former striker Chris Senior as masseur.
The 30-year-old, who worked part-time for the club towards the end of last season, came through the academy before forging a successful career in non-league football, playing for Wakefield, Scarborough, Halifax, Altrincham, Alfreton, Darlington and Guiseley.
He has previously worked as a masseur for Sheffield United.