As Rotherham prepare for their last match of the season at Bedford on Saturday, it has emerged that assistant coach Adam Bradley is to quit the club.
Respected by the players who were keen to confide in him, Bradley, who joined the Titans before Andre Bester took over as coach last Spring, he is understood to need a fresh challenge and is going for personal and rugby reasons. A former Castleford rugby league professional, Bradley has good contacts in both codes.
Bradley’s departure leaves a big hole at Rotherham where his qualities, a calm and friendly personality, and experience of playing professional rugby, were valued by younger players. It is not thought Bester will appoint a replacement as he prefers to be in sole charge of coaching. The South African, who is moving his family from Belfast to a home within easy travelling of Clifton Lane, is stepping up his recruitment of new players to add to the signings already announced: two huge forwards from Tonga, Talite Vaioleti, now at Wharfedale, and Semisi Taulava who is joining from Birmingham and Solihull, along with Adrian Griffiths, another forward.
One of the priorities, following the decision of fly half/centre Juan Pablo Socino to join Nottingham after only one season at Rotherham, another major blow, is to sign a top class goal kicker to replace the Argentinian who scored more than 200 points in Championship games.