Island football manager Steve Burns has bolstered his coaching team ahead of the new season with the addition of Paul Jones to his backroom staff.
The former Rushen and island midfielder returns to Manx shores after a three-year spell working within the sports science departments of Glasgow Rangers and Premier League side Norwich City.
Jones hopes the time spent at the professional outfits will benefit his new role within the island set-up: ‘Steve asked me to come in and help out with the coaching, which was something I was really keen to do.
‘I’m hoping we can utilise the knowledge I’ve picked up over the last three year in the areas of sports science, physio, talent ID and all the other things I’ve done at Rangers and Norwich.’
Reflecting on his time in Scotland and Norfolk, Jones added:
‘Working in professional sport is a dream and I was lucky enough to do that at one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Both clubs were very friendly and family orientated and it was a great environment to work in. The work was really tough and it pushed and challenged me.
‘There were lots of lessons learned, some great people met and lots of experiences I’ll look back on fondly for the rest of my life.’
Jones also hopes to utilise the contacts he’s built up over the last few years to benefit the island side in the future:
‘I’ve met a lot of coaching staff all over the country and I’ll certainly be tapping them up for some information and knowledge and hopefully going over to visit them with Steve and Ben [Qualtrough] so we can see what’s going on in the big wide world of professional football.’
‘Our lads are really keen to learn and develop as young people and players. I’m really excited to work with Steve, Ben and the rest of the team to help the squad on that journey.’