This article first appeared in the matchday programme for the game between South Shields and Colne in the Buildbase FA Trophy on October 31, 2020.
Luke Daly has stepped up his rehabilitation from injury by taking advantage of the stunning facilities at St George’s Park.
The venue, which is The FA’s national football centre and the home of England’s teams, is used by Game Changer Performance in partnership with the Professional Footballers’ Association to assist with rehabilitation programmes.
As a member of the PFA from his previous stint at Burnley, Daly was able to join the programme to assist his recovery from a knee injury.
He has been out of action since undergoing an operation in February but is hoping to be back in contention to play in the New Year.
The midfielder has been working closely on his rehabilitation throughout the year with South Shields physiotherapist Andrew Morris, who encouraged him to take the chance to have a spell at St George’s Park.
Daly was there for four days and will get the chance to use the facilities three times a year.
He said: “The facilities at St George’s Park are unbelievable and it was a pleasure to spend some time there.
“I feel like the week helped me massively both mentally and physically as I prepare to step things up with my rehabilitation.
“My recovery has been going well anyway at the club with Andy but we both felt this would benefit me even more.
“I definitely feel it has done that and I’m looking forward to hopefully returning to the pitch in the not too distant future.”
Daly stayed at the Hilton Hotel within the grounds of St George’s Park, with the PFA covering the cost as part of the Game Changer Performance programme, which has run at the national football centre for the last five years and has six places available each week for PFA members.
The multi-disciplinary team at St George’s Park is managed by Lead Physiotherapist Jonathan Chatfield, who is quoted by the PFA’s website as saying: “The PFA rehabilitation scheme provides its members with intensive rehabilitation to assist and guide them to overcome injuries unfortunately sustained.
“In addition to rehabilitating in a world-class facility, the expert rehabilitation support will ensure that every member is cared for individually.
“All members that attend the rehabilitation scheme will also be educated on their injury and given the correct set of skills and knowledge to leave St George’s Park self-assured on the management of their injury.
“The scheme really is exclusive and gives playing members and their associated clubs the opportunity for a player to return to play as quick as possible and with confidence.”