Hunslet RLFC: Thornton keen to stay on as head coach

Gary Thornton.
Gary Thornton.
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GARY THORNTON accepts Hunslet will not finish in Kingstone Press League One’s top-eight, but wants to stay on as coach.

Thornton, who has been in charge for five matches, was initially appointed until the end of the season.

Saturday’s 30-16 loss at London Skolars means only a series of freak results in this weekend’s final round, when Hunslet are at home to Newcastle Thunder, could see them avoid a place in the end-of-season Shield competition, but Thornton insisted he can see positive signs for the future.

“To not get in the top-eight, for a club like Hunslet it is a massive disappointment,” conceded the coach. “It is always difficult when you come in half way through a season and inherit a squad. I’m hoping I’ve done enough for them to keep faith and give me a chance next year to build my own squad. It is up to the players to perform for the rest of the season and earn a contract for next year.”

Thornton added: “We’ve had some highs and lows during my short stay here, but I would like to stay and build my own squad of players, put them through a decent pre-season, get them as fit as we can and then see where we go from there.”

Hunslet are 10th in the table, a point behind North Wales Crusaders and Keighley Cougars. Crusaders visit lowly Coventry Bears on Sunday and Keighley host Oxford.

Gary Thornton has previously coached Batley Bulldogs, Doncaster and York City Knights

Thornton to stay on as Hunslet coach

Hunslet coach Gary Thornton.

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