'Fantastic': Ryan Lowe reacts as former Plymouth coach joins Preston North End
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'Fantastic': Ryan Lowe reacts as former Plymouth coach joins Preston North End

Preston have added John Lucas to the coaching staff at Deepdale as he and Ryan Lowe reunite after less than a year apart.

There have been small changes to the coaching staff since Lowe arrived as Preston manager in December 2021.

Mike Marsh arrived as his assistant but Steve Thompson and Jack Cudworth both left the club back in January.

There has now been an enforced change because Tom Little has left his role as fitness and conditioning coach.

Little has taken the job of Head of Performance at Championship rivals Sheffield United, leaving Preston with a vacancy.

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Preston have added John Lucas

Preston have wasted no time in finding a replacement as the club have today confirmed the arrival of John Lucas.

Lucas takes the role of ‘Head of Physical Performance’ at Preston, with Ryan Lowe hailing his work as a fitness coach.

Lowe worked with Lucas at Bury before then taking him down to Plymouth Argyle too.

The pair had a great relationship at both clubs but Lucas left Plymouth last year to return to the North West.

Bury-born Lucas headed to Salford City but is now on the move again, this time joining up with Preston.

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Lowe has praised Lucas as ‘fantastic’ whilst predicting that the Preston squad will be fitter and stronger thanks to his coaching.

Giving Lowe another of his trusted men is a great step and the hope is that Lucas can help take Lowe’s players where he wants them physically.

A former Sports Rehabilitation lecturer at the University of Bolton, Lucas also has a history with the Rugby Football Union.

There have been prior spells at Rochdale and Barnsley too, and we would like to welcome Lucas and wish him the best in this role at Preston.

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