Departed Leeds Rhinos Under-18s coach Damian Gibson has been named as Glenn Morrison’s new assistant at Dewsbury Rams.
The Australian coached Rhinos’ teenagers for the last two seasons but left his post at the end of the campaign when it was announced that squad would merge with the Under-20s as part of a single Under- 19s competition in 2013.
But Wales assistant Gibson – who scored six tries in 28 games as a Leeds player after joining in 1997 – has quickly found himself a new role.
Morrison, the former Wakefield Trinity Wildcats assistant who has taken charge at Championship Dewsbury, has secured the 37 year-old’s services on a 12-month deal.
“I’m really excited to have him on board,” he said.
“It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to bring such a talented and knowledgeable young coach to the Rams.
“He has plenty of experience from working with the UK’s most successful club and he’ll bring a winning mentality along with a lot of good ideas.
“I’ve known him for years and he’s someone who’s on the same wavelength as me.
“We share the same philosophy on a lot of things, but at the same time he’ll bring something fresh to the table that will improve what we do.”
Morrison also hopes to count on Gibson’s in-depth knowledge of the British game, acquired from 15 years as a player and coach on these shores.
“He coached Aaron Brown at Leeds, knows a few of the young players we’ve brought in, and he’s also played at Championship level, so he’s familiar with quite a lot of the boys in our team,” he said, about the ex-Castleford, Halifax, Salford and Wales international, pictured above.
“He can certainly help me out with the visits to a lot of the Championship grounds I haven’t been to before, and that will be very valuable.
“But overall, Gibbo is a great coach, who really knows his stuff, and we can’t wait to take on next year’s challenges together.”
Meanwhile Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield and Leeds Carnegie star Joe Ford will mark the historic raising of the new rugby posts at Headingley Carnegie Stadium at 12 noon on Monday.
Both goal kickers will take to the field for the first time since the new £1million pitch has been laid to take their first kick at the new set of posts after helping to secure the crossbar in place.
Leeds have also responded to feedback from supporters and announced that they have extended the early bird offer on 2013 season tickets to 5pm on Friday December 21.
The decision means that supporters can save up to £90 by purchasing a season ticket before the deadline and the club have also extended the offer of a £50 deposit to secure your season ticket at the early bird price before paying the balance in January.
Supporters can book tickets by calling 0871 423 1315 or calling into the Headingley Carnegie ticket office in person before the deadline.
Please note that reserved seats have now been released for general sale.
Meanwhile, Bradford Bulls’ Adrian Purtell – who suffered a heart attack after their game against Leeds at Magic Weekend in May – has been told he can resume his playing career.
The Australian centre, 27, has not played since the ordeal and feared he may never pull on his boots again.
However, Purtell has been given the green light by a heart specialist to now step up to full training and he should return to Super League action in early March.