Ex-League star to coach Stocksbridge RUFC

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Promoted Stocksbridge RUFC have named Andy Tyers as their new head coach, succeeding Gam Kassim, who stood down at the end of last season.

Tyers is no stranger to the Valley club, having played in the early 80s, before a successful rugby league playing career with Doncaster, Sheffield Eagles and Keighley.

He also has an impressive coaching career in amateur rugby league and enjoyed a spell with the Eagles academy squad before graduating to the first team, assisting in the Championship One victory over Swinton in 2006.

Stocksbridge have enjoyed back-to-back promotions, and will play in Yorkshire Three next season, along with some cup success.

“We have a good set up, great facilities, a thriving club on and off the field and quite a bit of talent, ” said Tyers. “I’m really excited about the new opportunity for me and the chance to test just how good Stocksbridge can be.”

Yorkshire Three will be a tough assignment for the Piggys, but Tyers said: “I know we’re good enough, the trick is convincing the players.”

Pre-season training is already underway on the pitches at10.30am and all are welcome.

* The club are appealing for sponsors offering five packages - an advert in home match programmes; match ball sponsor; warm up shirt sponsor for the season and main club sponsor.

For full details please email first team captain Rhys Keenan: rhys.keenan@yahoo.co.uk.