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LSH seeking to make progress
12:14pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
LIVERPOOL St Helens are looking to shake off last-gasp play-off losses in successive seasons and progress under new management in the forthcoming North One West campaign.
Martin Jones, who made a major contribution in the development and improvement at Moss Lane, is no longer in charge but will remain an executive committee member.
The club have appointed former skipper Phil Kearns and second row Dave Westhead as player/coaches and they will be joined by fly half Greg Smith, who will undertake a player/coaching role.
Kearns, currently an area training officer with the Rugby Football Union and Westhead, a rugby develpment officer in Cheshire, have both welcomed the opportunity for greater involvement at their club.
LSH will be captained again by Jan Lourens and the South African prop, now in his ninth year at Moss Lane, feels that the time was right for a change.
“There was a need to integrate the teams and levels within the club,” he said.
“I think we all realise that the only realistic way forward for a club like ours is to focus on our own talent and our youngsters.
“Above all everyone should enjoy playing their rugby.”
Lourens is cautious heading into the new season, but is relishing the prospects of facing league newcomers Kendal and Birkenhead Park.
“We will be up against our old adversaries such as Altrincham Kersal and Vale of Lune, but it will also be good to test ourselves against the teams from a higher division”, he explained.
“We have a good squad and plan to be competitive throughout.”
Lourens confirmed the retirement of Mark Williams, while Stuart Crampton has moved on to a new coaching position and Simon Worsley will return to action after a year off.
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