Villagers appoint Rhodes as new Head Coach

16 Oct 2017 in News

Villagers appoint Rhodes as new Head Coach Villagers appoint Rhodes as new Head Coach

EX-YORK City Knights captain and former Heworth Junior Scott Rhodes is Heworth's new head coach for 2018.

The 37-year-old takes over from fellow former Knight George Elliott, who has been player-coach for the past two seasons but will now concentrate on playing.

Rhodes' appointment marks a return to his old junior club, where he took up the game before going on to have a pro career with Leeds Rhinos, Sheffield, Dewsbury and the Knights, also winning Scotland caps.

He ended his playing days with cross-city rivals Acorn before becoming their head coach from October 2010 to May 2016, twice guiding them into amateur rugby league's elite tier, the National Conference League premier division, with a relegation in between.

"George is 100 per cent committed for the new season and can concentrate on playing duties and support Scott in the new role."

Heworth, formerly of the National Conference, dropped to the Yorkshire Men's League three years ago and finished this season fifth in division one, below both Acorn 'A' and fellow York rivals New Earswick.

The statement added: "The aim for the club is to build on a strong first half of the 2018 season and return to winning ways in the YML, building a squad to take us forward with a return back to the NCL a main priority.

"Our junior ranks have now swollen to 225 (aged from three to 16) and it's crucial we also secure the right open-age coaching team to take us forward over the coming seasons."

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