Fitness chief joins Colchester

PUBLISHED: 11:37 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:37 10 September 2010

David Cuffley

Former Norwich City sports scientist Dave Carolan has joined Colchester United in the same role.

The U's snapped up the Irishman after fitness coach Donough Holohan's move to West Ham.

Former Norwich City sports scientist Dave Carolan has joined Colchester United in the same role.

The U's snapped up the Irishman after fitness coach Donough Holohan's move to West Ham.

After Carolan's departure from Colney, he took a part-time role with the English Institute of Sport, preparing Great Britain's shooting team for the Olympic Games.

That role will work side by side with his new post at Colchester.

Said Carolan: “I spoke to Geraint Williams, the Colchester manager, at the end of last week and this is the perfect opportunity for me.

“They understand that I have a commitment with the EIS and the two will dovetail together. There were no plans for me to go to Beijing but I will continue to provide support and continuity to the shooting team.”

Carolan said he felt he and Colchester were a “good fit”.

“Norwich was a good family club with a good community feel and Jamie Cureton described Colchester in exactly the same way, which made me feel this was the right move for me,” he said.

“I have spoken to a number of people and as well as Jamie, Steve Foley spoke in high regard about what Colchester has to offer.

“The manager and chief executive are both very positive. I've toured the new ground, which looks fantastic, and they are building a new training ground.

“My wife is from Colchester and her parents live five minutes' walk from the new ground, so this has really fallen in my lap.”

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