Grady returns to Wales with Crusaders


North Wales Crusaders have confirmed that Mike Grady has been appointed as their new head coach.

Grady formerly coached South Wales Scorpions, and has also worked at Newcastle Thunder.

Whilst at Scorpions, he was instrumental in the development of a number of players who have subsequently become full Welsh internationals.

“I’m looking forward to getting started with North Wales Crusaders, I’d like to thank the Club for the opportunity – it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to,”said Grady.

“I’ve always enjoyed the games I’ve been involved in against the Crusaders, and that’s down to the fans, it’s a unique atmosphere and I’m looking forward to being on their side, they have to be the loudest fans in the league!

“It’s a fresh start at the Club with the ground move, and numerous changes behind the scenes – it will be challenging, but at the same time it’s going to be enjoyable and as a club we can’t wait for the season and what lies ahead.

“Personally I’m glad to be back in the game and with a club like Crusaders, it makes it even more exciting, the hard work starts now and I’m looking forward to every minute of it.”

Crusaders are set to move to a new home ground in Wrexham, at Queensway, in 2017.

Club chairman Ian Edwards feels that Grady, 35, is a great appointment for the club at this stage of its development.

“We had 14 great applications for the post from coaches based all over the UK and abroad, and it is a testament to Mike’s record and enthusiasm that we have decided to invite him to be a part of ‘Team Cru’ for 2017,” he said.

“This is a crucial time in the club’s development, and we are very much looking forward to working with Mike to build a strong, sustainable club, with a squad of players, from those with lots of experience to those who may be relative newcomers to the professional ranks.

“But all of whom really want to play in North Wales and create a vision here with us at Queensway.”