Former Saddleworth Rangers players Sean Whitehead and Paul Ashton have returned to the club as first team coaches after Ken Kerr confirmed he would be staying in Australia.
Kerr had only been in charge for a few months when the pandemic hit and flew home. He’s now decided he won’t make it back to the UK so the club has moved swiftly to appoint replacements.
Whitehead captained the legendary team of the early 90s to three National Cup wins and a National League title, while Ashton played for the Rangers before and after a professional career at clubs including Keighley Cougars, Swinton Lions and Oldham.
The pair were recently in charge at Oldham St Anne’s in NCL Division Three.
Whitehead said; “I was honoured to play for the club, honoured to be captain and I’m honoured to now get the chance to coach it.
“We’ll need to take stock and assess what players we’ve got and see who turns up but we’re not scared of throwing youth in and we’ll be active in trying to get new blood in.”
Ashton added: “This is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. I have good memories from Rangers and I owe the club a lot for helping me to sign professional. I’m really looking forward to getting into it.”