Paul Crook joins St Helens coaching staff after announcing retirement

Drew Darbyshire

Veteran half-back Paul Crook will become assistant coach of St Helens’ reserve team after hanging up his boots.

The 33-year-old led Oldham to promotion to the Championship this year. He scored 11 tries and kicked 191 goals in 42 appearances for the club in two seasons.

Crook has accepted a role to be an assistant coach of the reserves at hometown club St Helens next year.

He tweeted: “After a brilliant Grand Final win with Oldham, I feel that there is no better way or time to bow out of this part of my career in rugby and move on to the next stage.

“After being offered an opportunity too good to say no to and learn in the best environment possible, I’m looking forward and proud to be going back to the place where my professional career started all those years ago and take up the reserves assistant coaching role at St Helens.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone at Oldham for an amazing two years.

“I’m so grateful to play for such a historic club and that I could contribute to this years success to get the club back into the Championship where they belong.”

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