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24 May 2021

Former Leicester defender appointed first-team fitness coach in one of two new arrivals

Town have added two more staff to the backroom team with Jon Ashton and Andy Costin now at the Club.

Jon played in the Premier League for Leicester after progressing through their Academy before going on make around 400 appearances in League football for a number of clubs, including Oxford, Crawley and Stevenage, where he skippered the team and spent six years.

He helped Boro to back to back promotions as they climbed from the Conference to League One for the start of the 2010/11 campaign, playing more than 230 times for the club.

The Nuneaton-born 38-year-old, no relation to incoming CEO, Mark Ashton, returned to Stevenage in the summer of 2018, taking on a role there as fitness coach and is now Town’s first-team fitness coach.

He is joined at Portman Road by Andy, who is the Club’s new head of sports science.

After also spending time at Stevenage, the Australian joined Bristol City in March 2020 at the invitation of Andy Rolls, then head of performance at Ashton Gate and now operating in the same role at the Club.

“Both Jon and Andy are great additions to the support staff we are establishing,” Andy Rolls told the Club website.

Meanwhile Dave Bowman has left his position at Portman Road. Having joined the Club when Mick McCarthy became Town boss in November 2012, he played a leading role in the scouting and recruitment of players and continued to work for Blues until the end of the 2020/21 season.

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