The Zone: Guest Authors



Steve Haines

Steve Haines is the Head of Strength and Conditioning at Derby County Football Club, and is proud to contribute to Myprotein’s ‘The Backroom’ series, giving you unparalleled access to the experts of elite sport in the UK.

Having gained invaluable experience in top flight rugby union with Saracens Rugby Club, Steve took his skills to football, joining Derby County in 2008; initially working with the club’s academy, before graduating to the role of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the club in 2010.

Over this time, Steve has assisted in the progression of many players from Academy to first team level football, designing and implementing long-term athletic development plans to assist with this transition. He has become an expert in the fields of strength training and aerobic conditioning for football, along with gaining an outstanding knowledge of the nutrition required for players to compete at the top levels of the game.

Due to complete his MSc in Strength & Conditioning next year, Steve has drawn on his elite experience to write articles for FourFourTwo Magazine and Physique Magazine, and Myprotein are thrilled to have his knowledge to draw upon, and share with you.

Due to complete his MSc in Strength & Conditioning next year, Steve has drawn on his elite experience to write articles for FourFourTwo Magazine and Physique Magazine, and Myprotein are thrilled to have his knowledge to draw upon, and share with you.


Twitter: @stevehaines8





Matt DanielsHead of Strength and Conditioning at St Helens RFC, Matt Daniels has an outstanding level of knowledge when it comes to helping performers to compete at the highest level of one of the world’s most demanding sports.

Whilst studying at Liverpool John Moore’s University, Matt represented both England and Great Britain at Student Rugby League level, before going on to become a lecturer at a further education college for 5 years. This led him to the honour of coaching England u19s Students, completing his circle of elite involvement in rugby league.

As a local lad, Matt joined the St Helens staff in 2005 and has been involved a golden era of success at a club already steeped in a glorious history.

During Matt’s time with the club, he has been an integral part of 2 Challenge Cup Wins, 3 League Leaders’ Shields, a World Club Challenge victory, and 6 Super League Grand Final appearances; culminating in Saints lifting the trophy at Old Trafford last October.

He was also heavily involved in the move to the club’s new training facility, ensuring all players, from the club’s scholarship scheme, to 1st team level have access to elite, purpose-built facilities.

We value Matt’s expertise and are proud that he is part of the Myprotein team; both choosing our products to fuel the defending Super League Champions, and offering his expertise to you, our customers, through his articles on The Zone.


Twitter: @mattdsandc



Ben Cooper

In his third year as Head Strength and Conditioning coach with Castleford Tigers, Ben Cooper is a very well-respected contributor to the Myprotein ‘The Backroom’ series.

Although he now works alongside some of the elite performers in Super League, Ben himself has extensive experience of performing at the top level of the game, having played professional rugby league between 1996 and 2005, for Sheffield Eagles, Huddersfield Giants and Leigh Centurions.

Since retiring from playing, Ben has been involved in preparing players for one of the world’s most physically demanding team sports, and has gained ten years’ experience in Strength and Conditioning. This came with former club Huddersfield, and fellow Super League side Hull FC, before joining the Tigers in 2012. During this time he was worked alongside some of the best players and coaches in the game, making him an invaluable source of knowledge to his players, club and the Myprotein team.

With a BSc in Sports Science from Leeds Metropolitan University, Cooper also runs his own gym in Wakefield; Impact Strength and Conditioning, and Myprotein are excited to share his extensive knowledge with our customers.


Twitter: @BenCooperSC




Burnley Football Club

Tom Short is the 1st team Strength and Conditioning Coach at Burnley Football Club in the Barclays Premier League. He helps to prepare and condition the club’s players, helping them to perform at their maximal capacity, week in week out.

Tom combined studying for his BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Cumbria, with playing in the Scottish 3rd Division for Annan Athletic, before moving on to Chester University to complete his MSc in Strength and Conditioning. This has given Tom not only an excellent academic grounding, but also a complete view of the sport, having competed at a high level himself.

Having joined Burnley towards the latter end of 2013, Tom was part of the Sports Science department during the club’s historic promotion season to the Premier league in 2014.

Tom has also been a part of the club’s academy ports science team; specialising in early phase conditioning and movement preparation with Burnley’s youngsters.

Short played a role in the club’s decision to partner with Myprotein at the beginning of last season; allowing them to fuel their players for competitive fixtures in the Premier League.




Adam Burrows

Having graduated from the University of Derby in 2012, Adam Burrows is the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach at Derby County’s Academy. 

His experience in elite football has given him a great range of experience within the field of player conditioning, which built upon his BSc in Sport and Exercise Science.

Adam’s knowledge of how nutrition can influence athletic development, health, and recovery amongst athletes has been invaluable to Derby County’s academy, and we’re excited to share his knowledge with you through Myprotein’s Backroom series.