Paul moved over from Northern Ireland initially signing a Youth Team Scholarship at Preston North End under manager David Moyes. Paul remained at Preston for 6 years, before enjoying spells at Lincoln City, Bury FC, and Macclesfield Town FC.
In preparation for retirement after a 17 year career playing professional football, Paul combined playing with studying Physiotherapy part-time at Salford University graduating as a chartered physiotherapist in September 2012.
After retiring from professional football through injury, Paul initially took up the position as Head physiotherapist of Youth and Academy at Accrington Stanley FC, becoming Head of the medical department after just 5 months.
Paul remained at Accrington Stanley FC for 5 years before moving to Bury FC as Head Physiotherapist. Paul went on to study a masters in Sports Injury Rehabilitation at Salford University, graduating in June 2017. The masters course was the first exercise rehabilitation masters in Europe to be recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) though their recognition programme.
The course has allowed Paul to develop the ability to critically evaluate the scientific principles and theories of athletic screening providing a clear understanding of the science behind performance measurement and appropriate interpretation of those measurements. It has also allowed Paul to develop an understanding of the biology of tissue loading and how this significantly influences exercise rehabilitation, thus Paul is able to create individual progressive rehabilitation programmes for each of his clients.
Paul has a great insight into the assessment and management of musculoskeletal injuries, and his passion is to provide a high standard of care for espire physiotherapy clients, mirroring that of which a professional athlete is accustomed to, specifically the management of acute injury, overuse injury and post-operative management of typical musculoskeletal injuries.