New head of academy medical, strength and conditioning, Liam Booth says that his first fortnight at the club has been a positive one.
After previously spending time with both Barnsley and Rotherham United, Booth worked part time with the academy at the end of 2017, before joining on a permanent basis on January 2.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Booth said: “It’s been going really well so far.
“I’ve been getting to know all the players’ strengths and weaknesses, their medical history and that sort of stuff.”
The physio also commented on the other members of staff he’s got to work during his short time with the club – including academy manager Mark Smith and lead professional development coach Miguel Llera.
While he’s also of the belief that the players have helped him to settle in.
“They’re really positive to work with,” he said. “It’s been good. There are a lot of big personalities at the club and that comes through during training.
“I’m trying to be quite proactive in my approach. I’ve brought in my own ideas so they’re having to adapt to my way of working.
“Both the first and second year scholars have been engaging really well. The response from the players has been really, really good so far.”
Booth’s role involves making sure the players are fit and healthy – but it isn’t just about recovering from injuries.
He said: “I look after the players. There’s rehab, after the players have had an injury, but also prehab – making sure they’re not going to get injuries that they can easily avoid.
“I find out how the players are from a wellbeing perspective, and work on the players’ strength and conditioning too.”
Booth will be in the dugout alongside Llera for tonight’s friendly match with Handsworth Parramore at St George’s Park Sheffield Graves (7.15pm).
And with no competitive fixture for the youth yeam until Saturday, January 27, the match will provide some much needed game time. With Booth giving an insight into what Miguel Llera’s side have been working on since the Christmas and New Year break.
“We’ve been going through a lot of fitness testing recently – looking for weaker areas and how to improve them,” he added.
“We want to push the players to become stronger and faster.”
iFollow subscribers can see Liam's interview in full by clicking on the video link at the top of the page or here.