North Wales handed Anthony Murray boost

Steven Hughes
Anthony Murray North Wales

North Wales Crusaders have announced Head Coach Anthony Murray has signed a new deal with the club.

Murray initially became North Wales Head Coach in 2014, but left in 2016 to become Head Coach at Gloucestershire All Golds.

However, he would return to the club in 2018. In his first full season back in charge, the Crusaders just missed out on the playoffs.

After the voided 2020 season, Murray helped the Crusaders record a third-place finish and secure a playoff berth. It was the first time the Crusaders had done so in six years.

The 44-year-old was rewarded for his efforts, as he clinched the Head Coach of the Year award for League One.

On his new deal, Murray told the club website:“10 years for the club have absolutely flown by and I’m so proud to be associated with North Wales.

“We set ourselves really high standards last year. But that’s what we’ve always done and what we achieved in 2021 has been years in the process.

“I’m delighted to announce my new contract as we celebrate 10 years for the club. I’m sure there’ll be plenty more to celebrate in the future.

“We finished third last season and our aim now has to be to cement a regular spot in those play-offs.”

Chief Executive Andy Mouzedale added:“Everyone can be extremely proud of what we achieved last season and we want to try and build on that in 2022.

“We’re all very excited about the future for the club and we have plenty more news to announce in the coming weeks.”

A time for celebration

North Wales recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary. They will also be celebrating at the news Rob Massam will extend his stay at the club.

Massam, along with teammate Tommy Johnson are the only players to stay with the Crusaders since their reformation in 2012.

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