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Wolves' Doctor Lands Premier League Role

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13:05 13th August 2014

Matt Perry appointed Medical Advisor

*Dr Matt Perry to take on new position created by the Barclays Premier League

*The part-time role allows him to continue working as Wolves' Club Doctor and Senior Clinician

*Dr Perry started at Wolves in 2002, and has played a key part in the club developing an excellent Medical Department.


Wolves are pleased to announce that well-respected club doctor Matt Perry is to become the Barclays Premier League’s first medical advisor.

Dr Perry will retire from General Practice in Albrighton, where he has worked for 28 years, and will take up the newly created role which is a part-time position, he will continue his role at Wolves.

The new medical adviser role will see Dr Perry provide advice and support to the Premier League in relation to all medical issues affecting the competition and their youth programmes.

His responsibilities will also include: reviewing and monitoring the League’s Medical Rules; liaising with and supporting the work of others in the areas of sports science, nutrition and other aspects of elite performance; and providing support and guidance for Premier League club medical personnel.

The role is part time and Dr Perry will report to Premier League Director of Football Mike Foster, who said:  "We are extremely pleased that Matt has agreed to join the Premier League as our first Medical Advisor.

“His experience and skills make him ideally placed to provide guidance to the Board and different departments across the League, support Premier League club doctors, and work closely with the FA and other stakeholders to make sure that we are at the forefront of sports medicine.”

Dr Perrys said:  “I have had a wonderful career working as a GP for Albrighton, and will retire with many many fond memories.

“This new position is an exciting challenge which I am really looking forward to.

“There are some fantastic medical facilities in the Premier League and some outstanding doctors and medical staff.

“This role is about co-ordinating and ensuring there is a joined up approach throughout the League, and a strategy that continues to develop on important issues that affect players' well-being such as concussion or potential heart problems."

Dr Perry is also delighted that the new role allows him to continue his work at Wolves in the club doctor position he has held since 2002, in that time working with seven managers/head coaches starting with Dave Jones and including Glenn Hoddle, Mick McCarthy, and now, Kenny Jackett.

As well as vast experience within football and general practice, Dr Perry has completed both a Masters degree in Management from Warwick University, and a Masters degree in Sports Medicine from Bath University and has held senior health management roles.

Since arriving at Wolves he has played a part in building up the club’s medical facilities and developing an independent medical department which allows a continuity among staff and offers opportunity for young and aspiring professionals to develop their skills.

During this period Wolves developed the first BASES-accredited Sports Science laboratory in professional sport in the UK and achieved a Category One Academy rating, while staff such as Steve Kemp and John Iga moved on to work within the England national set-up at St George’s Park.

All physiotherapists and sport science professionals working at Wolves are on either Masters or PhD programmes as part of a culture of learning and development build up during Dr Perry’s time at the club.

Wolves’ CEO Jez Moxey said:  “It is testament to his ability, professionalism and experience that Matt has been chosen from a high calibre list of candidates to be the Premier League’s first medical advisor.

“He has been a key part in the development of an impressive medical department here at Wolves, and we are delighted that he will be able to continue that work alongside his new position.

“Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Matt and wish him all the best for the new role, confident in the knowledge he will do an excellent job.”

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