MIRFIELD Stags have confirmed the appointment of Alex Muff as the club’s new head coach, with Craig Young joining him as part of a new-look coaching team for 2017.
The pair are joined by team manager Kryss Tominay (pictured left, alongside Muff, centre, and Young, right).
Sean Hayden will also become a team manager, with Donny Robertson continuing in his role as head physio.
Muff, a former Barrow Raiders and Batley Bulldogs player, prior to retiring from the professional game, has held coaching roles with Brighouse Rangers and Lindley Swifts.
He featured as a Stags player last term and is now looking to the club’s coaching ranks, alongside coaching partner Young.
“We are really excited about the season ahead and cannot wait to get started,” said Muff.
“I came to the club last summer and began playing and the opportunity to coach the Stags, alongside Craig, is something we were keen to take up.
“We have enjoyed some success in the past and we are looking forward to getting to work at Mirfield.
“We are aiming to bring plenty of structure, while giving the guys an idea of exactly what we expect from them this season.
“A lot of the guys are currently playing winter rugby, so fitness we don’t believe will be difficult to overcome, it is just a case of getting us ready to go on the field.”
The Stags managed a seventh-placed finish in 2016, in the Yorkshire Men’s League Premier Division, and Muff is expecting to build on the effort this term.
“We want to create a positive culture here and really progress and kick on,” added Muff.
“Winning is not everything but it is important we do achieve on the field, in order to keep confidence and desire high.
“We will go into the new season in April with plenty of confidence. We are looking forward to getting going.”