Ton sign top sports scientist

Published: 16 Jun 2011 12:000 comments

MORTON assistant manager Mark McNally, pictured, has welcomed a sports scientist brought in to help players reach peak condition.

FIT AND READY: Mark McNally, pictured, is delighted that Graeme Jones is joining Morton on a consultancy basis for pre-season.

FIT AND READY: Mark McNally, pictured, is delighted that Graeme Jones is joining Morton on a consultancy basis for pre-season.

MARK McNally has revealed Morton have snapped up renowned sports scientist Graeme Jones to help improve the squad's fitness over pre-season.

Jones, who will work on a consultancy basis, has spent the past year touring the globe picking up new fitness techniques and McNally has utilised his contacts at the SFA to bring him on board.

And with the Ton squad scheduled to report for pre-season training on Monday, McNally is thrilled to have someone of Jones' reputation available for advice.

McNally told the Tele: "We have the services of Graeme Jones who I worked with at the SFA.

"He is a sports scientist and has been all over the world in the past year with his job.

"Graeme will be on board from the first day of pre-season to the last day and will be on hand throughout so we can bounce ideas off him in terms of fitness.

"Pre-season is something that not only sees you through the start of the season but also right through to the finish.

"He's been looking at different techniques, different methods for fitness, and with Allan and me on the football side I think we will work well together.

"It's a lot of cutting edge stuff that he is involved with and we are hoping that comes through in the first couple of games of the season.

"He's just going to be a consultant at the moment as he has a full-time job but he's there to help the clubs and we've taken the opportunity to grab him before somebody else did."

McNally confirmed that Ton were still chasing the signature of former St Johnstone striker Peter MacDonald.

But two men that will not be attending the first day of pre-season are former Ton players Darren Young and Alex Williams.

Midfielder Young was released last month but revealed he had been offered a chance to prove his fitness, while rumours had linked striker Williams with a shock return to Cappielow as a trialist.

He said: "At this moment we've not spoken to them about coming in - I think Allan had just touched base with them at the end of the season.

"I'm not saying that they won't come in but when we start on Monday they are two guys who won't be there."

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