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John Lucas headshot 2021-22 seasonSalford City is pleased to introduce our new Head of Physical Performance, John Lucas!

The 36-year-old arrives at The Peninsula Stadium from Plymouth Argyle where he has spent the last two and a bit seasons, including The Pilgrims’ 2019-20 promotion-winning campaign.

John has previously held similar positions with Rochdale and Bury, with who he has also been part of promotion-winning teams.

Born in Bury, Gary Bowyer’s newest member of the backroom team says the Salford project was an appealing one and he is excited to get started:

“It’s the project that the Club are trying to do, it’s the journey that the Club wants to go on and have been on, of course it’s started with promotion to the Football League, and that filters down from the owners and obviously then down into the football staff and where they want to take the team and the Club to.

“To be a part of that is something that excited me, and to have a role that will push the physical aspect and the physical side of the football club, and develop it, was something that was really attractive to me.

“Coming in as Head of Physical Performance, I’m there to help maximise the players physically on the pitch, off the pitch, identify what areas from a Sport Science point of view can we tap into to maximise performance. From conversations with the Manager and how the Manager wants to play, how the Manager sees that, it’s there to support the football side of things.”

John moved to Plymouth in 2019 with Ryan Lowe, shortly after they helped Bury up into League One, and he says it’s a club that he enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of.

“I loved my time at Plymouth, I find myself very fortunate to have worked for the football club and I can’t thank Simon Hallett and Jane Hallett enough for giving me that opportunity, and Ryan [Lowe} for taking me down to Plymouth with him. 

“Plymouth’s very much a unique football club, a very special football club and I’ve got nothing but fond memories of my time at Plymouth. It was a very difficult decision to leave, it’s a fantastic football club with some very, very good people there and I’m sure that with the people they’ve got from the owner to the CEO, the secretary, the football staff, the non-footballing staff, that they’re only going to go one way.”

Meeting the players and the staff for the first time on Tuesday, John has been impressed by the quality and attitude, and is looking forward to what is to come at The Peninsula Stadium.

“My first impressions of the lads are really, really good, I worked with them on Tuesday for the first time and there’s lots of quality in that dressing room. 

“From conversations and what I’ve seen, they very much want to learn, get better, improve, and buy into the physical aspect and some of the things that we’re going to bring to the table. 

“The staff have been brilliant since I arrived and I’m really looking forward to getting into the full work, get some games in, and what our preparations are going to be day-to-day, week-to-week, and hopefully take things forward!”

John’s appointment comes in the wake of the recent departures of Dr. Dave Rhodes and Youl Mawene, who has returned to Fleetwood Town. Thank you to both for their efforts and contributions while at the Club, and best wishes in your future careers. 

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