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19 January 2016

Club appoint Marc Czuczman as First Team Physiotherapist...

FORMER Walsall Assistant Physio Marc Czuczman has returned to the club to assume a new role of First Team Physiotherapist. 

The 37-year old returns to the Banks’s Stadium after a seven year spell away from the club to allow Jon Whitney to focus on his role as First Team Performance Coach.

“I was here from 2006 to 2008 as Assistant Physio to Jon [Whitney] so I’ve got some great memories,” he said. “My first season was with the promotion winning side so it was a great experience for me so early in my career. 

“I then moved on to Head of Medical at Oldham Athletic for three years, two years in military rehab with First Royal Irish Regiment in Shropshire, two-and-a-half seasons with Leeds United as First Team Physio and then a brief stint at Spire Healthcare.

“I’ve got the excitement back about being in environment where I know it’s hard work but fun at the same time. I always felt comfortable here and I know it’s a place where you can come in and put your ideas forward. 

“It helps that I worked with Jon before and we were successful in that period so I’m hoping we can recreate that again. 

“I just want to come in and add a little bit of my experience with other clubs. The set up is more professional here than when I left and there’s clearly an ambition to go places. 

“I constantly kept a look out for the results and I always looked forward to coming back to play against Walsall in the past. 

“Wherever I’ve gone I’ve had banter about Walsall with colleagues and I’ll never forget that the club gave me my first chance. 

“I met some lifelong friends and my wife here so it’s a special place for me.”

‘Reverend’ or ‘Rev’, as he is more affectionately known due to the pronunciation of his surname (Chuchman), will work closely with Jon Whitney to form a Medical Department that has had a long standing focus on injury prevention. 

Czuczman admitted it felt like walking into his old house on his first day back and will now set about his work with, what he feels, is an ever-improving club. 

“I feel like I’ve settled in already,” he added. “It was never going to take me much time because I know the people and the place.

"You do notice that the club are really striving forward now though. 

“From what I know we’ve got a good set of lads and from the reports I’ve received we’re playing some really good stuff as well. 

“We’ve already beat Championship teams this year and if we stay organised and fit then we’ve got a real chance. 

“For me, the Championship is much of a muchness in terms of the quality of teams. 

“I want to get back there and prove a few things to people and from what I’ve seen and heard, there’s no reason why we can’t.”

Czuczman will make his second Walsall debut in the dugout for this Saturday's Sky Bet League One clash with Blackpool (3.00pm kickoff).

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