Anthony Murray to leave North Wales

North Wales Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray and his assistant Alan Hadcroft will leave the club at the end of the 2016 season.

Murray joined the club in 2014 as an assistant coach to Clive Griffiths, before taking over a couple of months later.

On the back of his and Hadcroft’s efforts at the back end of 2014, they both signed permanent contracts ahead of 2015 and guided the club to the iPro Sport Cup Final that year.

Crusaders chairman Ian Edwards said: “We will be sorry to see Anthony and Alan leave as we had very much hoped they would be with us again next season.

“We appreciate that this season has been a difficult one for them and it is testament to them that they have built a team capable of reaching the League 1 Shield Final.

“As well as their on-field achievements, they had a great engagement with the fans, who we know will be sorry to see them leave.

“Whilst we are sorry to see them go, they go with our best wishes for the future – I’m sure there’ll be a number of clubs enquiring about their availability.

“Our job will now be to build on the good work they’re leaving behind – hopefully, after a successful trip to the North East.”

Anthony Murray said: “I want to thank the board, who have stuck by the club during a difficult period, for their continued support since I have been the head coach and for the opportunity that they gave me. It has been an honour to be the head coach.

“It has obviously been challenging, but it is something that both myself and Alan have enjoyed doing.

“I’d like to thank the fans for their continued support since we came to the club as coaches and also all of the backroom staff, especially Adam Daniels. We have received continued support from all of the players, especially the more senior ones, who have all stuck by the club. Alan’s support as my assistant has had a big impact on what we have achieved since we came to the club.

“It was a difficult decision and one that was made with a heavy heart because I love North Wales Crusaders, but I felt it was the right time on a personal level for me to take a step back.”