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.”