Leon Pryce appointed head coach of Mirfield Stags

Mirfield Stags have appointed former Great Britain international Leon Pryce as the club’s new head coach.

The 39-year-old is one of the most successful players of the Super League era, having won four Super League titles, six Challenge Cups, three World Club Challenges and three League Leaders’ Shields.

Former Workington coach Pryce takes over from Richard Silverwood in the role. Silverwood will remain part of the club’s coaching staff but will invest more time in his role as chairman.

Pryce said: “I am looking forward to getting started and having some fun coaching again.

“From what I have seen, and what Richard has told me about the club, it seems well run and was obviously successful last year, so I hope to build on what is in place already.”

Silverwood said: “It was my intention to coach the team again but when I saw a guy with Leon’s pedigree out of the game I saw it a great opportunity for us to grow.

“Whilst demoting myself to assistant, I do enjoy coaching and I see it as a win-win for all concerned.

“The players learn and I will learn from Leon, whilst also spending time growing the club off the field.

“Plans for a junior set-up are very much high on the agenda as well as plans for a clubhouse.”

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