Lee: Fax a simple decision

HALIFAX assistant coach Lee Greenwood has admitted it was a simple decision to follow his mentor Karl Harrison back to his hometown club.

Greenwood, the former Siddal junior - who now coaches the club’s National Conference side - and Fax wingman, was finally confirmed as new boss Harrison’s right hand man on Saturday.

“When Karl was approached by Halifax and asked me to go with him, it was always going to be the best thing for my development,” said Greenwood.

“Halifax are the only Championship club Karl would have left Batley for and the same is probably true for me; it’s my hometown team and I always saw myself as wanting to come back here as a coach one day.

“That’s no disrespect to Batley, they have been fantastic and I would have had no qualms about staying there either.

“In the end though, the chance to come here and continue to work with Karl was too good to turn down.”

Greenwood said the Bulldogs had asked him whether he would be interested in succeeding Harrison at Mount Pleasant, a job that eventually went to the high-profile former England, Hull and Wakefield coach John Kear.

“They wanted me to stay and they did ask me whether I would be interested in Karl’s job,” said Greenwood.

“Whether that was before they talked to John Kear or whether they were just paying lip service to it, I don’t know.

“By that point I’d made my mind up to come with Karl anyway, so there wasn’t a decision to make.”

HALIFAX props Jim Gannon and Neil Cherryholme are both being linked with moves to Championship rivals York.

Cherryholme, a member of the 2010 Grand Final winning side, was one of 11 players cut by new Fax boss Karl Harrison last weekend.

Gannon, the veteran Australian front rower, is understood to have been offered an unspecified role at the Shay by Harrison, although not as a player.

Gannon played for Huddersfield in the 2006 Challenge Cup final alongside the new York coach, Chris Thorman.