Whilst all the speculation rages on around the manager, and with a retained list surely not far away, it could be easy to miss the capture of a key member of Rotherham’s backroom staff.
However, City have headhunted Rotherham’s Performance and Medicine Manager Ross Burbeary, ahead of the new season. You may recall I was impressed with Rotherham‘s fitness and physicality earlier in the season, and that alone should be encouraging. He joins the Imps as Head of Performance, having held similar positions elsewhere before.
Ross graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Sports Science, before also obtaining a Strength and Conditioning degree from Salford University. He has worked in both football and ice hockey, including spells with the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, where he was Head of Sports Science and Research. He joined Rotherham in 2016/17, but before that had a spell as Head of Science and Conditioning at NHL Ice Hockey club Buffalo Sabres.
“Ross will be missed, he’s a great guy. He’s been brilliant for me personally – a good friend and a really good colleague,” Miller’s boss Paul Warne told Training Ground Guru. “He’s developed the department. That has allowed us to try and build a team that is fit and strong and keeps running. Ross has played a monumental part in that and will be an unbelievable loss and I can understand why he’s been head-hunted. It’s disappointing for me and the club but it’s no different to having an outstanding right-winger who’s sold in the summer. His five years here have had a massive impact on pushing the club forward and hopefully, we can keep doing that.”
It certainly sounds as if Ross will be seeking to impact our injury record in his current role, working with the current staff to ensure more of our players are fitter, kept fit and able to perform. Last season was utterly horrible for injuries, and whilst some are unavoidable, training ground injuries and relapses such as those suffered by the likes of Liam Bridcutt have to be reduced if we’re to move forward.
Who knows, this might be one of the signings of the season, and you could easily have missed it.
Those interested in hearing more from Ross might find this podcast from the Career Dad Show interesting.