Former Birstall Vic player-coach Brendan Sheridan has been appointed as Dewsbury Celtic’s head coach for 2018.
Sheridan will replace Danny Thomas who stepped down on Saturday after he guided the green and whites to safety in NCL Division Three.
“Following the announcement on Saturday from Danny Thomas that he has stood down as head coach, we are very excited to announce that the new head coach will be Brendan Sheridan,” announced chairman Danny Lee on social media.
“Brendan will be assisted by Mark Brierley.
“On behalf of the committee we would like to say a huge thanks to Danny Thomas for all he has done for the club.
“We are already looking forward to next season and with Brendan taking over coaching duties we are sure we will see great things next year.”
Thomas will continue as a player at Celtic after scoring seven tries in 17 appearances for Dewsbury this season.
The former Jamaica international also earned four man of the match awards, the most of any Celtic player in 2017.
Celtic are safe from re-election into the NCL after beating promotion contenders Woolston Rovers 28-12.
The green and whites needed victory, while also requiring Gateshead Storm to beat Stanley Rangers to avoid finishing in the bottom two.
Celtic did their part with an unlikely win and celebrated the news that Gateshead Storm had thrashed Stanley 100-1.
Rovers’ Sean Conway and Celtic’s Matt Ginnelly were sent off for fighting, the former having previously been sin-binned for persistent offending.
A Liam Walmsley try and Dom Senior conversion gave Celtic a 6-0 lead.
Woolston did hit back with a Ryan Brown try and Aaron Barber conversion.
A further two tries from a Nathan Waring and two Paul Foulstone goals made it 16-6 at the break.
A Danny Thomas try and Foulstone goal extended the Celtic lead.
Woolston hit back with a Cameron Davies try and Alex Dunn goal.
Foulstone crossed for the final try of the game to seal an important afternoon for Celtic.