Machen returns to Boro

Sports therapist Christian Machen is back at Boro
Sports therapist Christian Machen is back at Boro

Scarborough Athletic have appointed Christian Machen as their head sports therapist.

The 37-year-old returns to Boro, having previously worked in the role during the managerial tenures of both Rudy Funk and Paul Foot/Bryan Hughes.

“This is another piece in the jigsaw,” current boss Steve Kittrick said.

“The role is an important one and I’m pleased to be able to confirm that Christian is coming back.

“He’s got experience of the club and is good at what he does. Having the right person here to look after the players is vital in terms of being able to get our strongest possible side out on the pitch.”

Machen left Queensgate last September due to the time constraints of his own sports therapy business, but says he is happy to be returning to the fold.

“I’m delighted to be coming back,” he said.

“After talking to Steve and Chris [Bolder] it was agreed that the I will have a big part to play, making sure the squad is at optimum fitness throughout the season and hopefully bringing continuity to the team.

“It’s a very exciting challenge for me.”

Despite the fact that he is holidaying in Portugal this week, Kittrick is still hard at work trying to entice others to follow Machen in committing to the club ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

He expects to be able to confirm that centre-half Dean Lisles will be re-signing in the next few days, and is hopeful of agreeing terms with a number of other players in the coming week.

“We’ve made offers to a few lads this week, and we’re just waiting to see what they come back with,” Kittrick added.

“I’ve been speaking to two or three goalkeepers and some strikers as they’re the areas we need to look at.

“Things are moving quite slowly at the moment, but that’s just the way it is at this time of the year.”