Edwards is new boss of Leeds Carnegie

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OLD BOY Diccon Edwards is the new head coach of Leeds Carnegie – and has penned a three-year deal.

The ex-Carnegie player and Academy manager, 38, re-joins the club from the RFU where he has held the position of National Academy coach and England U20 assistant coach since 2009.

He has beaten off interest from the likes of Lynn Howells, Gary Mercer and assistant coach Simon Middleton to land the post.

Edwards, who starts his new role on July 1, said: “The chance to come back to my club and help return us to the top flight was too good to resist and I feel the timing is right for me as a coach.

“Having been part of the club as a player and coach for nearly 15 years, it has been disappointing to see the side relegated last season. We now have the chance of a fresh start and the opportunity to build a team that the supporters and the Yorkshire public can be proud of. As a club we always build our strengths around our core values and we will be looking to get back to those.”

Chief executive Gary Hetherington added: “Diccon has a tremendous track record of developing talented players and also knows the National Leagues from his time as head coach at Otley. The board were impressed by his passion and determination to get us back into the Aviva Premiership at the earliest possible opportunity and that is our goal for next season.”

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