Anthony Murray returns to North Wales Crusaders

James Gordon

North Wales Crusaders have moved quickly to appoint Anthony Murray as their new head coach, following the departure of Mike Grady earlier this week.

Murray was previously in charge of the Wrexham-based outfit between 2014-2016, leading Crusaders to iPro Sport Cup success in 2015 and the League One Shield final in 2016.

He will be assisted by coaches Jonny Leather and Alan Hadcroft as well as former Super League player Stephen Wild returning to the club as strength and conditioning coach.

North Wales CEO, Andy Moulsdale, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Anthony Murray back to the club and look forward to working with him once again.

“He knows the club inside out and brought some great successes to Crusaders during his previous spell in charge. It was important that we brought in someone who understood the culture of the club and was on board with what we want to achieve going forward.

“He’ll be supported by a strong backroom team in the shape of Jonny [Leather], Alan Hadcroft and Stephen Wild.

“It’s a very strong coaching team with great knowledge, experience and enthusiasm.

“Jonny will stay on at the club and be assistant coach, along with Alan, and continue his work.

“The guys that are coming back are a massive reason why this club is still here today.

“Off the field, under difficult circumstances, Muzz [Anthony Murray] and Alan held it together, whilst on the field Stephen Wild was as good a leader you’ll ever meet.

“I hope now they can help the club move forward in more settled times.

“I know that the supporters will get behind both him and the team as we aim for a successful 2018 season.”

Murray’s first game back in charge of the Crusaders comes this Friday as they travel to West Wales Raiders in the Betfred League One.