Stags appoint former GB International

Pennine League side Mirfield Stags have announced the appointment of former Great Britain star and four-time Super League Grand Final winner Leon Pryce as the club’s new head coach.

Pryce replaces former referee Richard Silverwood in the role. Silverwood will continue to serve on the club’s coaching staff while also investing more time in moving the club forward off the field in his role as chairman.

Former Bradford, St Helens, Catalans and Hull FC player Pryce is one of the most successful players of the modern era, having also won six Challenge Cups, three World Club Challenges and three League Leaders Shields.

After retiring in 2017, he served as head coach of League 1 side Workington Town, guiding the club to within one game of promotion to the Championship in his first season.

On the news, 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 added: “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.”

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