No grudges against Fax, says Eagles’ Larder

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FORMER Halifax captain David Larder has said he does not harbour any grudges towards his former club after joining the coaching staff of Co-operative Championship rivals Sheffield.

Larder was unveiled by the Eagles over the weekend, where he will work as an assistant coach under long-serving boss Mark Aston.

The 35 year old spent seven seasons at the Shay, including a final year as a player-coach under former chief Matt Calland, but was not retained by incoming boss Karl Harrison.

“I don’t have any problems with what happened at Halifax,” said Larder, whose father, Phil, coached Widnes and Keighley before joining the England Rugby Union set up.

“I knew what was coming as soon as Matt left in July and I totally understand what Karl’s done.

“I always learned from my dad that as soon as a new coach comes in he nearly always brings his own people with him.

“It’s about having people around you know you can work with.

“I loved my time at Halifax, they were definitely the most enjoyable years of my career.

“The final season was a bit frustrating for me, partly because of what happened with Matt, but mainly because I shouldn’t have tried to combine the coaching with the playing.

“I should have either focused on having one more year as a player or concentrated on the coaching 100 per cent.

“In the end, I didn’t feel I really did either job properly.”

Larder’s return to South Yorkshire - for what will be his third spell in the steel city - effectively brings his career full circle.

“They were actually my first club; I played Academy for them in 1992/3 when my brother was there, driving down from Huddersfield with Keith Senior,” said Larder, who will replace York-bound Mick Cook in the Eagles’ backroom.

“I would have turned professional there but my dad went to Keighley and I decided to follow him instead.

“I was back there for a year under Mark Aston in 1999 when he re-formed the club, and again I would have stayed if the job I had at the time hadn’t relocated to Rochdale, which made the commute too much.

“I spoke to Mark a couple of weeks after our season ended and he said he might have something for me, we sorted something out and I’ve actually been down there for about a month, helping with pre-season.

“My first thought after leaving Halifax had been to have a break from the game completely, but I’m really enjoying myself.

“I wasn’t sure how I’d get on to be honest, because we’ve had some pretty heated battles with Sheffield over the last few years, but all the players have been great.”

Castleford have summoned full-back Richard Owen to an internal disciplinary hearing.

The 21-year-old, who has been handed the number one jersey by new coach Ian Millward for 2012, will face club officials today.

In a statement, the club said: “Castleford Tigers have called an internal hearing to address disciplinary issues relating to first-team player Richard Owen.

“The hearing will take place with club officials, the player and his agent.

“No further comment will be made until the matter is resolved.”