Andrew Henderson’s playing days are coming to an end but he will have a major role in the future of Sheffield Eagles.
The Scottish international hooker will mastermind youth development taking over from Daren Higgins who is joining London Broncos.
“It’s come mid-season and I’m playing and it’s unfortunate to lose Darren who has done a fantastic job at the club,” said Henderson.
“The challenge for me is to carry on the work Darren’s done and hopefully take it forward. Developing young players is a big passion of our head coach Mark Aston; it’s an integral part of what we stand for and part of the legacy of the club.”
Some of those young players could get first team exposure in the Challenge Cup fourth round against London Skolars at Owlerton Stadium, on Saturday.
Henderson, aged 34, has helped the Eagles to win two Championship Grand Finals but is set to retire as a player at the end of the season. He has also recently worked as a television pundit.
He takes over as Head of Youth Development after a couple of seasons combining playing with running the club’s youth academy.