THERE has been a familiar face at the Cooper Associates County Ground during the last three weeks.

The Club’s head of science & medicine, Jamie Thorpe has travelled to Sri Lanka with the England Lions, and in his stead, Ian Brewer has returned to the club.

Ian Brewer, who was SCCC’s Head of Sports Medicine and Lead Physiotherapist prior to Jamie’s arrival, has been enjoying his time back.

“It’s brilliant being back here,” he told “It’s a place where I have so many happy memories.

“Jamie contacted me when he was offered the chance to tour with the Lions and asked me if I would provide some extra help to cover the physio side of things whilst he was away. I’ve been here for the last three weeks helping out in the gym and things like that, and it’s been really good fun.”

Ian, who hails from West Somerset and was educated at Taunton School, was a key member of the Somerset CCC support team from 2007 until 2013.

“The Club is in a great place and all the staff are really good characters who are highly skilled in their fields which bodes well for the future.

“It’s always nice to work in the professional environment so I’m grateful to Jamie and Somerset for reaching out to me.”