North Wales coach Murray joins All Golds

Anthony Murray, the North Wales Crusaders head coach, has joined Gloucestershire All Golds to become Lee Greenwood’s assistant.

The former Barrow coach took over at Crusaders in 2014, and guided them to victory in the iPro Sport Cup last year.

It was confirmed previously that Murray would depart the club at the end of season, with his reign ending at Crusaders with defeat in the Championship Shield Final.

Murray, who will join up with his new squad in December, claimed the ambition of his new club was one of the main reasons why he chose to make the move from North Wales.

“I really enjoyed my time at the Crusaders but I just felt it time for a change. The All Golds are an ambitious club, passionate about improving,” he said.

“I’ve always had a lot of respect for Lee. We both have the drive to make Gloucestershire a place where rugby league prospers. The great thing about the squad is it is full of players who want to make a name for themselves. I enjoy working with lads like that who want to be educated.

“I first met Lionel Hurst (club President) when I was coaching at Millom a few years ago. He explained to me the long-term plans for the club. He has a massive passion for the sport and huge desire to see the club make continued progress. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such an ambitious club and can’t wait to get started.”

All Golds head coach Lee Greenwood added “Managing to get Anthony on board is a big coup and a big statement of intent from us. He has done a remarkable job under the circumstances at North Wales and I’m looking forward to working alongside him and Dan Poulton who will remain with us. The 2017 squad will consist of a lot of young and inexperienced lads that are hungry and willing to learn. They will be training together more and will now have extra support with Anthony’s addition.”

“I’ve spoken to him regularly over the last couple of seasons and when he announced he was leaving Crusaders, we had a good chat. He can see the potential in the squad and the club like I can, and we’ll both be looking forward to pre-season after a short break.”