BRIGHOUSE Rangers have appointed their former assistant coach and prop forward Craig Young as temporary head coach.
Old boy Sam Crowther who has played for Huddersfield Giants and Gateshead Thunder has come from Slaithwaite Saracens to be his assistant and club captain Scott Bradley is joining the coaching staff.
“Craig is passionate about Brighouse Rangers and has been associated with the club since he was 13 years of age,” said chairman Dave Barnes.
“Last season Craig, or `Youngy’ as everyone calls him, had a big influence on game plans and training.
He also did a lot of work behind the scenes ensuring Rangers were successful.
“We are excited about this appointment, as it will keep the squad of last season together plus another few new faces.”
Young said: “We don’t need to change a thing from last season, because it showed week in, week out the unity on the field. So it’s now down to the serious end, and we’ve already had fantastic feedback from the squad that everyone is happy and looking forward to playing for me.”
The chairman continued: “The temporary basis is Craig’s choice, as he wants to see how things shape up at the beginning of the season and see if he can keep last season’s momentum going.
“Sam was approached by Craig to become his assistant and he gladly accepted, which as everyone who knows Sam sees it bringing great strength to the Rangers’ pack.”
“I loved playing for Rangers as a youngster, and I’ve leapt at the chance to join Craig and the current squad to take Brighouse that step further,” said Crowther.
“We know Craig and Sam are a young pairing, but we expect them to bring a new and upto date approach to the game and the players will take on board their ideas which won’t be much different from last season,” enlightened the chairman.
Club captain Scott `Noddy’ Bradley, who returned 18 months ago, can’t wait for the lads to finally get down to training and start getting prepared for the new season.
“We have five sessions to show Craig why we should be in his squad,” enthused Bradley.
Second team coach Mark Vento is excited at the prospect of the new season, and is really glad about Young’s appointment.
“It won’t cause any disruption, as we all still know each other,” said Vento. “When someone new comes in, they often change things, and after last season’s successes we thought it would be great to continue with almost the same set up.
“The committee are there to help Craig in any way, and hopefully the squad will perform successfully so he will take the job on full time.”