Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Brown as the club’s co-lead physiotherapist. Brown, who qualified as a physiotherapist in 2010, will also provide second-row cover for the squad after a considerable playing career in the semi-professional and professional game.
The 33-year-old has worked with Brentford Football Club, the National Health Service and also Therapyworks Private Practise, where he first met Pooler’s medical director, Angus Robertson. A successful spell with Newport County Football Club was followed by his current job, a functional disability assessor with Maximus.
Brown is also currently studying for a Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy, as he continues to develop his career away from the rugby field. His playing career to date has been a successful one; with his formative years being spent at the Dragons academy, where he enjoyed professional rugby experience with Pontypool RFC, Bedwas RFC and Newport RFC.
His time with the Dragons was followed by a spell with London Welsh RFC. Brown enjoyed success with the famous exiles side, playing his part as the club achieved promotion from the Greene King IPA Championship to the then Aviva Premiership in 2014, before returning to the second tier after one season. After leaving Old Deer Park, Brown returned to Wales and enjoyed a second spell with Newport RFC, with his most recent rugby experience coming with Newport High School Old Boys.
On joining Pooler, Brown said: "I am looking forward to re-joining the team where I played my first senior rugby under Steve ‘Junna’ Jones. To now work and play under Junna’s son, Leighton, is exciting and I know they are an extremely hard working and ambitious group.
"My primary focus will be to provide an excellent physiotherapy and medical service, alongside the hardworking medical staff already in place at the club. However, I do still feel I have plenty to offer on the pitch after a sabbatical.
"I have a strong affinity with Pontypool RFC as my uncle, Mark Brown, was part of a very successful era for Pontypool and I am looking forward to being part of the background staff and playing for this great club once again."
The club has built an impressive medical department over recent years and Brown will join forces with Robertson (medical director), Matt Wimberley (fellow lead physiotherapist) and Lucy Phillips (sports massage therapist).
"Adam is a real coup for us as a club," said head coach, Leighton Jones. "His experience as a physiotherapist and player is impressive and we look forward to working with him. As a club, we pride ourselves on how we look after our squad and Adam's arrival will only enhance that further.
"He will predominantly be focusing on his physiotherapist duties, but at 33 years of age, he still has something to offer as a player and his depth of knowledge will be hugely beneficial to the squad in what is sure to be another challenging season.”