Ross Burbeary has been appointed as head of performance at Lincoln City Football Club.
Joining the Imps from recently promoted Rotherham United, he brings a wealth of experience to the Soper of Lincoln Elite Performance Centre with previous spells at Doncaster Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest.
Burbeary, who also spent time in the USA with NHL ice hockey club Buffalo Sabres, will oversee the medicine and sports science departments at City, across the first-team and Academy.
During his time at the New York Stadium, Burbeary guided the Millers to a third placed rank in the whole of Europe for average team sprint distance, behind only Leeds United and S.L. Benfica.
Director of football Jez George spoke in glowing terms of Burbeary. He said: “This is a key appointment for us. Ross joins us with a huge reputation, will bring the experience, knowledge and expertise that we need to this department and will have a massive impact on the players. He will also be a cultural architect in helping to create the environment we want at the Soper of Lincoln Elite Performance Centre.
“We look forward to Ross developing a new team within this department to give our players the best possible provision so that we can maximise their physical potential, keep them fit and optimise the physicality of our team next season and beyond.”
Burbeary added: "My role is to oversee the sport science and medical provision, but as head of performance it rolls out to be more than that - about how we get the best out of players.
"They are human beings, not robots we can programme, so I'm keen everyone is willing to think laterally about how we do that.
"The club has been successful over the past few years so I'm inheriting some things we do really well but the changes this summer are also really encouraging so it feels like a really exciting time to be coming to Lincoln."