BURTON Albion’s medical and science staff have been short-listed for a League One award.The Football Medical Association has announced that the club is one of three to have been nominated for the divisional award as Medical and Science Team 2015/2016 - alongside Wigan and Millwall.
The award is voted for by other clubs and recognises the achievements of medical and science staff in the way they look after and treat the players.
Burton Albion’s promotion-winning squad have been recognised as one of the fittest and hardest working in League One this season.
The club’s head physio Nick Fenton said: “It’s a big honour, especially when you consider the size of our club to some others in League One. To win would be a fantastic achievement.
“As it’s a nomination from other clubs, then they are looking at us and thinking our medical and science side is run well. We have very good injury statistics for our first team. The 14 or 15 core players, the majority have stayed fit throughout and on the science side we are well known for our fitness which has been a big part of our success over the last two years. We pride ourselves on that, it shows on the pitch and other people have recognised that.
“But you can say what you want and if the players don’t buy into it, it isn’t going to work. We have a very honest group of players who have been fantastic. It has been tough on them at times and they have worked very hard but they never complain. Their spirit shows on a Saturday and that’s why we have won two promotions in a row.”
The winner will be announced on May 21 and Nick and Jack Sharkey, head of sports science, will be going down to represent Burton Albion. The other two members of the team are club doctor Andy Marshall and chiropractor Wayne Murray.