ROBERT Lossau has returned to Valley Parade as fitness coach.

The 52-year-old succeeds Chris Short in the role with Michael Collins' new coaching team.

Lossau first joined City in the summer of 2016 when Stuart McCall was appointed.

But the German lasted only three months in the post before opting to leave because of his family situation. His wife Martina was based in South Korea for her work with Volkswagen.

Short took over the fitness and conditioning job in October 2016 but has now left the club, along with development coach Sam Collins.

Lossau was back at Apperley Bridge this morning for the opening day of City's pre-season. Robbie Bloodworth has also been appointed as a full-time analyst.