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Town physio excited about the future

28 June 2014

Skitty looking to get ideas in place as pre-season begins

Shrewsbury Town physio Chris Skitt's excitement ahead of the club's new-look squad reporting back for pre-season training later this week is obvious.

Skitty, who recently cycled from London to Amsterdam to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, is looking forward to getting to know Town's 10 summer signings.

He's also excited about working with new manager Micky Mellon and the two most recent additions to the backroom staff, fitness coach Andy Hodgen and Michael Vernon as performance analyst.

Chris said: "There's been some good people coming in, really aspiring to get to that next level and then kick on even further from there.

"It's something that I'm really excited to be a part of and I'm really excited that I can get some of the things that I've wanted to put in place, that I've been given the green light to crack on with and really try and push every department that I come into contact with forward if possible."

Skitty said he had been impressed with the new manager from the first time he spoke to him soon after he was appointed. 

"He phoned to let me know he had come in and that he would like me to be part of his team.

"Even from that very first conversation I was really enthused by him. He's got an infectious personality and his desire to kick on and do well and make every single person better tenfold is something that I've always wanted to do and be part of."

Chris revealed there would be a different approach to the way the Town backroom team look at things this season.

He said: "We're going to try and go more scientific this year with everything we're doing from fitness to injury prevention to monitoring the players.

"Then we're able with Micky's say so to have an input on what we're doing with the training loads, the training exertions. Everything the players do will be monitored and will be pre-planned.

"Hopefully they will walk out for the first game of the season and you will look at a bunch of men who are athletes and physically look really good and able to complete the job which is obviously do well in the league."   

Skitty added: "We want to introduce a futuristic environment for the players to come in and really reap the rewards of their own ambitions and desires.

"Every day we're looking to put little things in place to move on and progress. Never stand still. I always say if you stand still people will catch you up. If you keep on moving you'll catch others up.  

"I've always said we should model ourselves on a Championship club and that's the infrastructure, what things we do, everything.

"The staff that have come in will allow us to progress and start to set our sights a little bit higher.

"Leicester City have got an amazing sports medical department and that's something we can emulate here. Obviously not to the scale they do it, but there's certain things we can take from them and introduce here as well as bringing our own stuff in to push us on to the next level up."   

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