Rangers take on new coach

Brendan Hill
Brendan Hill

BRIGHOUSE Rangers ARLFC have dispensed with the services of head coach Brendan Hill.

The former Halifax, Bradford Northern and Keighley Cougars prop forward has been at Russell Way for the past three seasons.

He was interviewed along with other applicants in line with the articles of association at the club served for each annual meeting, but, according to Dave Barnes, after serious consideration by the Rangers open age committee, it was decided a fresh face and different ideas was the best policy to take the team forward.

“We are excited about the appointmen of former player Alex Muff as head coach and assisting him will be dual sportsman Mark Horne, the Lightcliffe CC wicketkeeper-batsman, along with with prop Craig Young making up his backroom staff,” said Barnes, who with his assistant John Collins is carrying on with second team.

Muff, who signed for Doncaster Dragons from Rangers, went on to play for the Championship’s U-21 side against France and has also played for Batley Bulldogs and Barrow Raiders.

He will also be playing this season as well with Horne taking up the cudgels again when his cricket commitments are completed.

Barnes said: “When interviewed, Alex brought to the table a positive and well thought out plan for pre-season and for the forthcoming season with some great fresh ideas.

“Also some old players are to return to play for Brighouse next season but in the interim old and new players are welcome and pre-season which started on Tuesday, continues Thursday at 6.30pm at Brighouse Sports Club, Russell Way.

“This is to be a fresh start and new beginnings for Rangers and exciting times lie ahead,” he said.

Rangers are to hold a signing on day on Sunday, July 31 at the club starting at 12.30pm followed by a fancy dress rugby game to kick off at 2.30pm. All players are invited and asked to bring a pal along with them.

There will also be3 a barbecue and a bouncy castle for the children.

Barnes said: “If you’ve been thinking about playing rugby and would like to come down this is a great opportunity for people to come and talk to the current players and new head coach.

“Meanwhile, the Brighouse Rangers committee, players and supporters would like to thank Brendan Hill for his eforts and commitment to the club over the last three seasons and wish him and his family all the best for the future.”