Town appoint new fitness coach as work continues regarding goalkeeping specialist

PUBLISHED: 15:30 12 June 2018

New fitness coach Nathan Winder at Portman Road.   Picture: Steve Waller

New fitness coach Nathan Winder at Portman Road. Picture: Steve Waller

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Paul Hurst has added to his Ipswich Town staff with the appointment of a new fitness coach and continues work to add a goalkeeping specialist to his staff.

Paul Hurst and assistant Chris Doig with the Ipswich Town home and away shirts at Portman Road.   Picture: Steve Waller Paul Hurst and assistant Chris Doig with the Ipswich Town home and away shirts at Portman Road. Picture: Steve Waller

Hurst introduced new fitness coach Nathan Winder at his press conference this morning, with the 35-year-old having most recently worked with Paul Heckingbottom at both Barnsley and then Leeds.

He acted as head of academy athletic development at Oakwell before moving to Elland Road as head of sports science, having represented Halifax, Chesterfield and Hucknall during his playing days before studying sports science at Loughborough University.

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Winder replaces Andy Liddell, who opted to move on at the end of last season having worked at Ipswich under both Mick McCarthy and Paul Jewell.

“Our new fitness coach is here today, stood there at the back of the room smiling,” Hurst said as he introduced his newest member of staff.

“Nathan Winder worked at Barnsley and Leeds under Paul Heckingbottom. He comes very highly recommended. He’s another Yorkshireman – we’re not trying to take over the area! It’s important you click with people and speaking to him and how he works he is very much aligned to what we did last season (at Shrewsbury) and what we’ll be looking to introduce here.”

The Blues must also find a new coach to work with the club’s senior goalkeepers, following the retirement of Malcolm Webster, with a potential option already at the club.

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“On the goalie coach I am meeting Darren Smith (formerly Webster’s assistant) later.

“I want to get to know a little bit more about who else is in the system in terms of coaches, but I’ve heard very good things.

“I haven’t promised Darren anything and we’ll see how that progresses, but at the minute he’ll be working with the keepers when we come back for pre-season.”

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