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Thursday, 05 January 2012 12:14

DAVE LARDER BACK AS ASSISTANT COACH

 

IT’S been a break of more than a decade but Dave Larder is back at the Eagles in a new role as an assistant coach.
The back row forward was one of the standout players as the ‘new’ Eagles started rebuilding during their first season in the Northern Ford Premiership in 2000.

Now having retired as a player he has rejoined Mark Aston backroom team as an assistant coach with Waisale Sovatabua.

Larder replaces Mick Cook, who after two years with the coaching squad, has because of travel and work commitments joined York City Knights which is much closer to his home in Wetherby.

Head coach Aston said: “Mick Cook did a good job and has left because of travel commitments but in Dave we have someone who has broad enough shoulders to jump in and handle the job with no problems.”

Larder has been working with the squad since the start of pre-season training in November and will make his ‘debut’ as a coach at the friendly game at Wakefield Wildcats.

He said: “I’m happy to be back 11 years on. I enjoyed my time here in 2000 and it was work commitments at the time that made me decide to move on,” said Larder.

“I’ve kept in touch with Tubbs (Mark Aston) over the years. When I was at Halifax last year they wanted me to go down the coaching route but I wanted one more season playing, we tried to combine the two and it was probably a mistake. It wasn’t a great mix and I should have concentrated on one or the other.

“But it gave me the enthusiasm to pursue coaching and I’m grateful to Tubbs for giving me the opportunity.”

Larder’s father, Phil, was briefly the Eagles coach in 1996 and was later defensive coach for the England Rugby Union World Cup winning squad in 2003.

The back rower went on to play for Rochdale and Leigh before joining Halifax in 2004. He retired as a player at the end of last season.

He added: “The players have welcomed me with open arms, obviously with me being at Halifax for the last five years we’ve had a good few battles with Sheffield and I was fully aware of the quality they have on the pitch.

“I’m just trying to get to know more about the players and over the next few months pick up on the strengths and weaknesses and take it from there.” (JC)