Mikey Williams joins Hearts backroom staff as new Sports Scientist

Long-serving Tynecastle employee makes step up after Tom Taylor's departure

Monday, 27th January 2020, 11:30 am
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 11:34 am
Mikey Williams pictured during Hearts' warm-up ahead of the match against Ross County last week

Daniel Stendel is continuing to shape his backroom team with the appointment of Mikey Williams as first-team Sports Scientist.

Williams takes on the role previously held by Tom Taylor, who left the club to take up a similar role at English Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion last month.

He has spent the last five years at the club's Oriam training base, working for the Jambos' reserve and youth teams as well as Heriot Watt University in a sports science and fitness capacity.

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Craig Levein spoke highly of Williams' work with the injured Hearts players in February last year, revealing that his methods were helping to speed up comeback times for the stricken squad members.

Speaking to The Scotsman, Levein said: “It used to be that [returning players] would get a couple of reserve games, playing 45 minutes in one and then an hour but this seems to be working quite well.

"Just about everybody is back a lot sooner than we thought. Part of that is Mikey [Williams] doing this last part between them being injury-free and being ready to play.

"He’s really good at it. He solely focuses on that and I think the players are returning in really good shape and able to go in quicker than they normally would."