Barrass unveiled as Bantams’ latest signing

Matt Barrass

Matt Barrass

First published in Bantams Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

The newest member of City’s back-room team made his debut at Wexford.

Matt Barrass has taken over as the club’s physio after Dave Hanson decided to step down for personal reasons.

Thirty-two-year-old Barrass had been assistant physio at Preston North End since taking his qualifications at Salford University.

A former right back, he played for Bury for nine years but had to quit the game early because of a knee injury.

Phil Parkinson said: “I knew Dave Hanson was leaving for the last three or four weeks. He has continued working through that period but has had to leave us because of personal reasons.

“I’ve been working hard with Steve (Parkin) and Dave Baldwin to bring the right person in. We looked at several people but Matt Barrass looked the best man for the club.

“He was a very good player by all accounts. He’s come here very highly recommended by a couple of people.

“Matt is ambitious and I really feel he will be an excellent appointment for us.

“I’ve always said that physios and sports scientists are very important. They get the players on the pitch first of all and then, if they are injured, get them back out there quickly.

“Making those judgement calls throughout the season is pivotal in having a good year. That’s why we’ve taken our time and made sure we got the right man. It’s a great job for Matt and one I know he’s looking forward to.”

One of Hanson’s last acts was to oversee the medical before Alan Connell completed his move from Swindon. He was a popular figure among the players and staff.

Parkinson added: “We’re sorry to see Dave go because he’s a terrific bloke. He’s a good mate of us all and I’m sure he will keep popping in.”

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8:59pm Wed 25 Jul 12

kiwibantam says...

it never ceases to amaze me how many armchair managers champion this or that, and lo and behold the manager has his finger on the pulse, and rectified the situation, whether or not we agree with with his opinion or not does not matter, it is what he is paid for, and what make post match sumaries the more fun afterwards,remember most of us have very little idea of what is going on behind the Valley Parade curtain.
it never ceases to amaze me how many armchair managers champion this or that, and lo and behold the manager has his finger on the pulse, and rectified the situation, whether or not we agree with with his opinion or not does not matter, it is what he is paid for, and what make post match sumaries the more fun afterwards,remember most of us have very little idea of what is going on behind the Valley Parade curtain. kiwibantam
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10:41pm Wed 25 Jul 12

LuvFootball says...

Agree with you there 100% kiwibantam. To be honest, I don't always read the press release of none playing staff, but what I do appreciate is that such individuals are covered and we are told about. What I would like to hear a bit more on the T and A website are the movement of ex City players, be it still playing or retired and working in some other capacity.
Agree with you there 100% kiwibantam. To be honest, I don't always read the press release of none playing staff, but what I do appreciate is that such individuals are covered and we are told about. What I would like to hear a bit more on the T and A website are the movement of ex City players, be it still playing or retired and working in some other capacity. LuvFootball
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7:07am Thu 26 Jul 12

Go Torps! Yer flying. says...

So it iis now official, that City are M Barrass...ing....

(Guffaw. Snigger. Guffaw).

Sorry.
So it iis now official, that City are M Barrass...ing.... (Guffaw. Snigger. Guffaw). Sorry. Go Torps! Yer flying.
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8:45am Thu 26 Jul 12

Correctness says...

kiwibantam wrote:
it never ceases to amaze me how many armchair managers champion this or that, and lo and behold the manager has his finger on the pulse, and rectified the situation, whether or not we agree with with his opinion or not does not matter, it is what he is paid for, and what make post match sumaries the more fun afterwards,remember most of us have very little idea of what is going on behind the Valley Parade curtain.
'most of us have very little little idea what is going on ehind the Valley Parade curtain' - Do your really want to know?
[quote][p][bold]kiwibantam[/bold] wrote: it never ceases to amaze me how many armchair managers champion this or that, and lo and behold the manager has his finger on the pulse, and rectified the situation, whether or not we agree with with his opinion or not does not matter, it is what he is paid for, and what make post match sumaries the more fun afterwards,remember most of us have very little idea of what is going on behind the Valley Parade curtain.[/p][/quote]'most of us have very little little idea what is going on ehind the Valley Parade curtain' - Do your really want to know? Correctness
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