Wolves have today announced some changes to the medical department.
First team physiotherapist Jazz Sodhi is leaving the club to take up a new managerial role within the Academy at Aston Villa.
Steve Polley is to step up from the Under-23 squad to assist Head of Medical Phil Hayward with the first team, and Olly Leaper arrives from Watford to take on the Under-23 role.
Wolves have also appointed Daniel Fishwick, currently with Fleetwood Town, as first team Sports Therapist to assist soft tissue therapist Matt Wignall.
“Jazz was initially here for two years working with the Academy on a part-time basis, before spending eight years with the club full time,” says Hayward.
“He progressed all the way through from schoolboy physio to his current role as first team physiotherapist, and has been an excellent member of staff for Wolves.
“We are all sad to see him go, but he has the opportunity to step into a new, senior role with Aston Villa’s Academy, and we wish him all the best.
“We are delighted that Steve Polley, our current Under-23s physio, is now stepping up to the first team role.
“The club works hard on the continuous professional development of staff, with the opportunity to pursue Masters’ courses for example, so that when there is the potential to move up they are in a good position to apply for the roles.
“Steve has proved himself both with the Under-18s and the Under-23s during his time at Wolves, and has had a great record with keeping injuries down for the Under-23s over the last two seasons.
“He will look to continue to implement some of the measures already in place with the first team, as well as bringing his own additional provision to try and keep the injury rates low, a major part of first team physiotherapy.
“From outside of the club, we are pleased to be welcoming Olly Leaper, who is joining us from Watford.
“Olly’s family are settled in the Midlands, so this is a good move for him, and we are delighted that he is adding his experience and expertise to the medical staff by becoming our Under-23s physiotherapist.
“We are also pleased to be welcoming Daniel Fishwick to the team next week.
“Daniel, who joins us from Fleetwood, comes into a new role both to assist soft tissue therapist Matt Wignall, and to assist in the implementation of injury prevention strategies in the department."
Sodhi was delighted that his final game as part of Wolves’ backroom staff saw the team come from behind to win 2-1 at Brentford on Tuesday night.
“It was a fitting way to end almost ten years working for my home town club where I have progressed all the way through from the Academy to the first team,” he said.
“I want to thank the club for giving me the opportunity and all the staff and players I have worked with for helping provide me with the skills to climb that ladder.
“There is a good team here, of both staff and players, and I will always be grateful for their influence on me which has allowed me to progress.
“I am now moving on to a new challenge, but I will always be keeping a close eye on Wolves’ results, and staying in touch with so many people who have become friends as well as colleagues.”
Everyone at Wolves wishes Jazz all the best for the future, and looks forward to welcoming Olly and Daniel to Compton Park next week.