NIGEL Briggs has returned to coach Brighouse Rangers’ reserve team after been approached by the club to take over with immediate effect.
Briggs, who has never really been away from the Brighouse Sports Club, being a top rated crown green bowler and a social member, was until this season coach of Wyke ARLFC, and he has also coached Huddersfield St Joseph’s with Keith Senior.
Chairman Dave Barnes said yesterday: “Nigel is glad to be back, and he is looking forward to working with the crop of experience and youth within the squad, as well as a few new additions in the near future to make the squad stronger and exciting.”
Briggs added: “I want to bring stability to the squad and focus on getting morale back up to where it should be.
“Even the wife give me a big `yes’ to come back down.
“I’ve never been away, and have regularly watched the team play.
“I care passionately about Rangers, and this club needs a second team.
“Me coming in will give head coach Craig Young more time to concentrate on the first team.
“I can’t wait to get started, and have been in touch with most of the squad and we got underway on Tuesday night at Brighouse High School.
“Let’s get to training, boys, and start as we mean to go on. If we train together playing will be enjoyable.
“I’m not going to change things overnight, but with this group of players we should be mixing it at the top and not at the bottom.
“I intend to run some sessions through the festive period to get ready for our first game on January 5.
“Let’s start 2013 with a bang and my phone is always on, so any old and new players are welcome.”
Briggs takes over from Mark Vento who stood down for personal reasons some two weeks ago.