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.