Let’s get the spirit back, says coach

New Rangers coach, Alex Muff
New Rangers coach, Alex Muff

BRIGHOUSE Rangers’ new head coach Alex Muff has been well received by the committee and players of the club - and that is how he wants it.

“I want commitment Tuesday and Thursday ahead of the Saturday game,” said Muff.

“The players here have shown what they can do under Brendan (Hill) but when it was getting hot in the kitchen last term they opted to start missing training and games and a prominent position for going for promotion from Division Two was lost.

“I watched from a distance how they just dropped away with bad results through non-commitment and this must change.

“It is no good coming out in the close season for training and then down to late autumn and the dark nights and thinking twice about it,

“We must all stick in there if we are to achieve what we all want at this fine club with the best facilities in the Pennine League,” he said.

Muff a former Brighouse player has spent the last two seasons with Halifax Irish ARLFC.

“Some of the Brighouse players approached me about the position at Rangers and although I’m only 29 and have some playing years left it was a coaching role that I was going to be looking for in the future.

“I will be a player-coach and look forward to the hands on role.

A former part time professional rugby league player for the likes of Doncaster Dragons, where he made his name, Batley Bulldogs and Barrow, injury at one stage interrupted his career.

The club is pleased with the positive and fresh ideas for the forthcoming season and with the help of his assistants, Lightcliffe wicketkeeper Mark Horne and Craig Young, they are expecting a very successful season.

“I have plenty of ideas and along with some of those of the former and existing players at the club.

“We want to get the enthusiasm and camaraderie back,” he said.

He welcomes old and new players to join Rangers this season and pre-season training has startedat Russell Way on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45pm.

There is a signing-on day on Sunday July 31 at 12:30pm. A fancy dress match will follow.

The signing on fee is £10 to become a registered player plus £15 to become a club member.

Some existing players have membership tnot due to expire until after August 10, so for £15 that membership automatically renews.

The fancy dress match held last year was a success and the club feels it is a great way to kick the season off. It is for players who have signed on and is due to start at 2.30pm.

l WYKE Rugby Club is holding an open day on Saturday from 1pm.

The club’s annual meeting will be held from 1pm until 2.30pm and then there is a barbecue, bouncy castle, tea, coffee and spice book and tombola stalls.

The day is intended for the whole family.