Craig Huby makes return to professional rugby league in coaching capacity

Drew Darbyshire
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Former Castleford, Huddersfield and Wakefield prop Craig Huby is back in professional rugby league having taken up the role of assistant coach at Dewsbury.

The 37-year-old will work alongside Dewsbury head coach Liam Finn as assistant alongside Jaymes Chapman.

Huby has been coaching Castleford-based community club Lock Lane since his retirement from playing in 2019.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the lads and linking back up with Finny,” Huby said.

“It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m hoping I can help get the club back into the Championship at the first attempt.

“I’d also like to thank Lock Lane for the past three years that I’ve spent there and helping with my transition into coaching after retiring.”

Liam Finn delighted to welcome Craig Huby to Dewsbury

Huby made almost 350 career appearances for Castleford, Huddersfield and Wakefield between 2003-19.

Rams boss Finn said: “When Casper left, we knew we wanted to replace him and needed to bide our time and make sure we got someone who would add value to the group.

“Once I spoke to Chubs and he was keen, I knew with his experience he would be a big asset to us especially for our young forwards.”

Dewsbury confirm squad numbers for 2023

Dewsbury have confirmed their squad numbers for the 2023 League 1 campaign, with Paul Sykes wearing the number six shirt in his 25th season.

Sykes, who made his debut with Bradford back in 1999 aged 17, signed a new one-year deal with the Rams, who were relegated from the Championship in 2022.

He made his 500th professional appearance last season against York, and has recently been a part of the club’s coaching staff.

The 41-year-old will partner Calum Turner in the halves, who has been given shirt number seven, having joined the side ahead of the 2022 campaign.

Rams’ squad numbers in full:

1. Owen Restall

2. Lewis Carr

3. Ollie Greensmith

4. Davey Dixon

5. Andy Gabriel

6. Paul Sykes

7. Calum Turner

8. Jimmy Beckett

9. Reiss Butterworth

10. Dale Ferguson

11. Connor Davies

12. Matt Garside

13. Louis Collinson

14. Sam Day

15. Ronan Dixon

16. George Collins

17. Elliot Morris

18. Brad Graham

20. Jackson Walker

21. Caelum Jordan

22. Jack Coventry

23. Perry Whiteley

24. Joe Summers

25. Tom Wilkinson

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