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Chris Bradshaw takes over as club doctor this week at Geelong after a two-season stint with Fulham in the English Premier League.

Bradshaw has just arrived back from England after the end of the Premiership season in which Fulham finished 12th.

Surprisingly, Bradshaw believes sports medicine in Australia is ahead of the UK model.

“Soccer over here (England) is really old school and there are a lot of cultural changes that need to be made both at the medical and team level,” Bradshaw said. “In Fulham, as much as we tried very hard to influence the set-up, there are blocks in place to prevent you from changing things positively. On the whole they are certainly behind compared with best practice in Australia.”