Greenwood continues, new faces on the way

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Siddal coach Gareth Greenwood has confirmed he will continue with the National Conference high flyers in 2013.

Greenwood, the former Halifax professional, took the Chevinedge club to a second-place finish in the Premier Division - only missing out to league leaders Wath Brow on points difference - after taking the reins from his older brother Lee in the spring.

But after seeing their season ended one game short of a fourth consecutive Grand Final, Greenwood made it clear he was disillusioned with aspects of the club’s set-up, notably a lack of players willing to commit to his twice-a-week training schedule.

Now, after a series of meetings with players, Greenwood - whose initial agreement only ran to the end of last season - is confident those issues will be resolved.

“It looks like I will be carrying on,” said Greenwood, who also made his own return to on-field fitness this year after a lengthy lay-off following knee surgery.

“I have spoken to a few players from outside the club, young players and guys who have played semi pro, and most of the lads who were here last year and we’ve decided to have a crack at it.

“I’ve probably got half a dozen new lads who have committed so far, and everyone will find out who they are in due course, and I’m looking for at least a couple more.

“I’ve basically asked them to commit to the two sessions and to giving it a real go over the year.

“We’re not bothered where people come from, whether it’s other clubs or rugby union.

“Apart from Halifax, this is probably the best standard of rugby and the best set up in Calderdale.

“I just want people who want to have a go and play at a good standard with a good set of lads who get on with it.”

Greenwood also expects the club’s backroom staff to be reinforced, allowing him to focus purely on first team coaching, although he is not yet able to reveal specifics.

“I told the club what I wanted and basically it’s going to be sorted,” he said.

“I’ve heard a few names mentioned but we still need to finalise things.”

Siddal Under 11s will contest the final of the Yorkshire Cup against West Hull at Featherstone Rovers’ Post Office Road ground on Sunday (2.0).

Siddal have been undefeated at any age group so far and have only conceded eight points in four rounds on their way to this weekend’s decider.

They beat Holderness 66-0, Stanley 36-0, Hull Wyke 56-0 and Castleford Panthers 38-8.

Siddal are organising coach travel to the game, leaving Chevinedge at 12.30, with seats priced at £5.

Further details are available from Sarah Howard on 01422 372 856 or 0781 4548722.

London Broncos have signed Swinton centre or full-back Alex Hurst for 2013.

The 21-year-old has been given a full-time contract with the Broncos after impressing during a one-month trial.

“It’s a massive challenge for me and I’m dying to get some games under my belt and press for first team rugby,” said Hurst. “It’s what every rugby player wants to do and I’m here to take my chance.”