Last night it was announced that coach Glenn Morrison is to leave Wakefield Wildcats at the end of the current season and take up the role of head coach at Dewsbury Rams.
The Australian joined Trinity in 2010 before being rewarded with the captaincy the following year. After being a shining light in a tough year as captain on and off the field for the club he was offered a player/coach role under Richard Agar before a shoulder injury forced an early retirement.
Since then the former Bradford Bulls forward has contributed to taking Wakefield into the top eight where they stand leading into the final round of Super League fixtures and has led the Under 20’s to a fifth place finish and host Castleford in the play-offs on Saturday afternoon.
Morrison was also the coach of the Wildcats Nines outfit where he guided the youngsters to winning the Plate final at Headingley which has helped the former fans favourite to gain his first head coaching position which he has been looking for.
“It is going to be sad leaving because I’ve loved every minute of it,” said Morrison.
“Obviously coming here to play then being awarded the captaincy and then on the coaching staff as well it is more than I could have dreamed of coming from the other side of the world so it’s been great.
“The fans have been great, the club have been very supportive and I have the chance for a new chapter now to go and be a head coach in the Championship and Richard Agar and the rest of the club have been very supportive with that and have helped me move into that role.
“At the start of the season I signed to play, coach and look after the 20’s so it was going to be a big year but then obviously I couldn’t play which was a bit tough but I’ve enjoyed my time coaching and the 20’s have been good. We’ve had some success there and with the first grade I’ve learnt a lot underneath Rich and he’s brought my coaching on a lot so it has been a massive year.
“Hopefully it’s not finished yet because we’ve still got a few more weeks left yet in both grades then when it’s finished I can concentrate on hopefully trying to get some of the same success over at Dewsbury.”
“Glenn has been fantastic as a player, captain and as coach at the Wildcats,” commented Wildcats Chief Executive James Elston.
“I’m sure he’ll be looking to go out on a high with both the first team and the under 20′s who face Castleford in the play-offs this Saturday before going onto his new challenge at Dewsbury.
“It’s a great opportunity for Glenn and one we are sure he will take with both hands and make a success of.”
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