Pre-season is fast approaching for most rugby clubs throughout the country; a time where coaches get to put players through their paces, re-build team chemistry, introduce new faces and generally try and get the machine in motion again.
For Halifax RUFC, it’s the start of a new beginning, as they introduce a new coaching staff consisting of Dean Cotton, Gareth Matthews, Matt Bradley and Phil Gallagher. They’ll be working alongside the club’s director of rugby, Tony Curtis, to take the men’s side forward and hopefully to the next level.
Dean Cotton has made more than 100 appearances for the club and is a key figure within the Halifax pack, and Matt Bradley is a club stalwart, who has come through the club’s ranks.
The changes came about after Neil Spence made a rather impromptu decision to leave the club to take up a role at Bradford Salem.
Tony Curtis said,
"The timing's of Neil's decision is far from ideal however the club would like to wish him well with his new venture at Salem. Neil's departure, though, has allowed us to rethink our approach and as a result we are delighted to put in place a new structure.
Deano, Gaz and Matty are extremely passionate about Halifax RUFC, while Phil is someone we have huge respect for. As individuals they each have a different skill-set which we believe can only benefit the players and the club as a whole.
I'm genuinely excited for the season ahead and I'm looking forward to working with them as we look to bounce back."
Gareth Matthews is taking on the defensive responsibilities, whilst Dean Cotton is in charge of the forwards and Phil Gallagher the backs. Matt Bradley is in charge of team fitness so I expect he will be busy during pre-season!
This new team will take charge for the first time on Tuesday 4th July, and welcome all players, both new and old, down to the club. There’ll be the opportunity to ask the coaches questions and inform them of individual goals for the season - there seems to be a real positive vibe exuding from this club due to these recent changes.
So, if you’re into your rugby and live in the Halifax area, this could be a great time to get the boots back on, or on for the first time.