New coaching duo at Methley

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METHLEY ROYALS will have a new coaching duo at the helm when pre-season training gets underway at the beginning of next month.

Previous head coach Tony Barik has - after guiding Methley through a difficult 2009/10 season before steering the Royals to second place in CMS Yorkshire League Division Three last time - decided to take a step back because of work and family commitments. He is to assume the role of football manager.

Batley Bulldogs’ halfback Paul Handforth (pictured), together with Reece Willshaw, will take charge of coaching affairs with the open age side.

Handforth has had previous coaching experience with Methley, having stepped into the breech for last October’s trip to Stanley Rangers when Barik fell ill on the morning of the game.

Handforth also played four games for the Royals in 2008/9, scoring nine tries and kicking two goals.

His father, Tony, was a founder member of Methley Royals in 2007 and coached the team for the first season-and-a-half.

Willshaw has also spent time coaching at Methley, to whom he has returned after a couple of months with Normanton Knights.

Pre-season training is scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings because of Handforth’s commitments with Batley.

The first session will take place on Monday, July 4 (7pm) at Savile Park, Methley (opposite the library). New and old players will be welcomed.

For more details contact Phil Hodgson on 07786980909.