Rochdale Head Coach signs new deal

Rochdale Hornets Head Coach Matt Calland has signed a new one-year deal to remain at the club.

Calland has been at the club since the middle of 2019, when he signed from community club Rochdale Mayfield.

He also has Championship experience, after leading Halifax to the Championship Grand Final in 2010, beating Featherstone.

On the extension, Calland said: “I am grateful to Rochdale Hornets for offering me an extension to my current contract.

“I had no hesitation in agreeing to remain as coach through to the end of the 2021 season and hopefully beyond, as we continue to all work towards reclaiming our place in the Championship.”

New chairman Andy Mazey added: “Clearly there is a lot of uncertainty around the sport at the moment, however immediately on the back of formally completing the take over last week this announcement should not only demonstrate our confidence in Matt but also our determination to move this club forward regardless of how this year plays out.

“Matt is a winner. He brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, and shares the vision of building a structure and player pathways below the first team that will pay dividends long term. As a board, we are unanimous and in absolutely no doubt that he is the right man at the right time for this club.

“On behalf of the board I’d like to thank Matt and his team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this extension. The supporters and everyone at the club are behind him and this deal gives some stability and an opportunity to build something very special TOGETHER.”

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