Sheriffe: Coaching chance not one to miss

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Halifax’s winger-turned-coach Rikki Sheriffe has said the opportunity to join the backroom staff at his hometown club was “too good to turn down”.

It was confirmed last week that Sheriffe, who is in his fourth spell with Fax as a player, had penned a deal that would see him add to Karl Harrison’s coaching team.

And while the 29 year old will be registered as a player, he made it clear that he now sees his future off the pitch rather than on it.

“I will be there as a player if they need me, but the coaching role is what it’s all about,” said Sheriffe, who has played Super League rugby for Fax, London and Bradford and Premiership rugby union for Newcastle Falcons.

“We’ve recruited pretty well, and we’ve got plenty of options in the outside backs, so I don’t see myself playing too much if things go to plan.

“I had the chances to move on and go elsewhere just as a player, but when Karl approached me about coaching it just felt like the right decision for me.

“I’m 29 now, I’ll be 30 by the time the season kicks off and you’ve got to stop sometime.

“Next year will be a big year for the Championship clubs and for us it’s about getting as near as we can to providing the quality of coaching you would get in a full time environment in a part time set up.

“That’s not an easy thing to do and hopefully I can have some input there, particularly with the outside backs.”

Sheriffe will work with both the club’s under 20s and the first team, working alongside Harrison, his right hand man Lee Greenwood, reserve boss Jim Gannon and newly-installed head of youth Martin Gonzalez.

“There’ll be a fair bit of crossover, helping Jim and Martin and then helping with the first team as well,” said Sheriffe.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the young lads; if I can help a Halifax kid push through into the first team then I’ll be more than happy.

“We’ve got some really good young players at the moment that we’ve fought hard to keep and we want to develop them now and turn them into first team players.”