Hunslet rugby director Darren Williams to step down at end of month

HUNSLET RLFC have been rocked by the resignation of long-serving director of rugby Darren Williams.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 2:46 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th January 2020, 3:40 pm
Hunslet's out-going director of rugby, Darren Williams. PIC: Hunslet RLFC

Williams, who is also the Betfred League One club’s general manager and football manager, will leave on January 31, just 16 days before Hunslet’s first competitive game of the season.

Williams told the club’s website: “After much soul-searching I’ve decided the time is right to look for a fresh challenge. The last 12 months have been a difficult period for the club and me personally, to say the least and it has definitely made me reflect on what the future holds for myself.

“Due to a change in personal circumstances I will also be relocating. I would like to thank Neil [Hampshire, Hunslet’s chairman] who has been a pillar of support throughout my nine years here and for giving me the opportunity to work at a club I’ve supported from a boy.”

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Hampshire, who is also stepping down later this year, admitted Williams will be a “huge loss”.

He said: “He has been the backbone of the club for the last nine years and commands huge respect across the game by administrators, coaches and players alike. Knowledge and experience such as his is extremely difficult to replace.”

The chairman added: “The club is currently looking at a new ownership model and following a difficult last 12 months for the business, as well as changes in his personal life having recently become engaged, Darren sees this as an opportune moment to step aside and allow the new regime to move the club forward.

“It’s important we support and respect that decision.

“On a personal note it has been an absolute pleasure to work with Darren and he’s been a huge support across my time in post.

“I’m sure I speak for everyone involved with the club, both past and present, when I say a sincere thank you for all of his hard work and commitment over the last nine years and wish him every success in whatever he decides to do next.”

Details of how the club plan to replace Williams will be revealed at an ownership meeting on Thursday, January 30, in the Phoenix Bar at South Leeds Stadium (7.30pm).