McGee turns down Titans

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ROTHERHAM Titans’ hopes of signing Wharfedale coach, Tom McGee, as the successor to Alex Codling, who is leaving Clifton Lane at the end of the season, have been dealt a severe blow.

McGee, the former Leeds Carnegie prop forward, was on the Rotherham short list and seemed favourite to take over at the Titans, but in a statement issued by the North Yorkshire club, speculation that he would be joining another club has been ended.

Wharfedale said that McGee had told the players he would continue at the club and at the same time would expand his coaching role at Leeds Carnegie.

So with McGee’s decision to stay at Wharfedale and increase the scale of his job at Headingley, Rotherham’s directors must now step up their search to find a new coach for next season.

Considering Rotherham’s Championship status, there should be no shortage of suitable candidates.

But although the Titans have re-signed more than 10 players for next season and have tempted Leeds winger Curtis Wilson and Chester centre Lloyd Hayes to join, the pressure remains to recruit a top class coach who, in turn, then needs to waste no time in bringing in new players before pre-season training starts in July.

Rotherham resume their Championship campaign this Saturday with a home game against Cornish Pirates.

n Titans, who entertain Cornish Pirates on Saturday, (3pm) will stage their annual end of season dinner at The Holiday Inn, Rotherham, on Thursday 25 April from 7.30pm.