Manager Ryan Lowe has added to his backroom staff with former Bury FC First Team Fitness Coach, John Lucas returning to the club as Head of Fitness and Conditioning.
John has spent 11-years working in professional football with the likes of Rochdale, Barnsley and Bury.
He joined the Shakers in June 2014 and was part of the First Team Management structure which gained promotion into League One. He parted ways with the Shakers at the end of May 2015 to pursue a career as a Sports Rehabilitation Lecturer at the University of Bolton.
He has also acted as a consultant to AFC Fylde, Wigan Athletic FC and has recently worked with Basketball England and GB Taekwondo out in South Korea.
John has kept close links with his boyhood club by providing students for work placements within the medical department, conducting pre-season screening and working with past and current players on their fitness and rehabilitation.
Today we spoke with John who said: “I'm really happy to be coming back to Bury to head up fitness and conditioning and to be joining Ryan and his backroom staff.
“Whilst being away from football I said I would only return to it full-time again if the manager's beliefs matched mine, and Ryan's certainly match those of my own.
“I don't regret my initial decision to leave the football club as I have had time to work as a consultant with other clubs, as well as the opportunity to work in other sports in conjunction with my lecturing, which has developed me as a practitioner.
"Once myself and Ryan had the initial talk I knew it was the right time to come back, as the ambition of Ryan and the Chairman matched my own.
“I can't wait to get started and begin the hard work with the players and staff. We need to ensure that we have an effective pre-season and that players are as fit and robust as possible to handle the demands of the season.”
Ryan is very happy with his new appointment, saying: "I'm really pleased to be bringing John back on board as Head of Fitness and Conditioning. John has a wealth of experience at different levels, and players respect him because he's a hardworking character.
“Ultimately, he's someone that I wanted in the building because of his roots at Bury having been here before with us. He knows all about the club, and he's very professional. I'm sure that he'll make sure that the lads are fit and strong throughout the tough season.”