Greenwood: Time was right to quit Siddal

LONG-serving Siddal coach Lee Greenwood has insisted the time was right for his departure from Chevinedge.

Greenwood, the former Halifax, London, Leigh and Batley wingman, quit as boss of the amateur game’s leading lights a little over a week ago after six years in the top job.

And while he admitted that player commitment had increasingly become an issue, he said the biggest single factor was the length of time he had been with the club.

“I think it’s six years, give or take,” said Greenwood, who took the club to three Grand Finals and a National Cup.

“I was there with Luke (Robinson) for two seasons, then I’ve done the last four by myself, and it’s a long time.

“The commitment we were getting from some of the players was a factor, especially when you have had the good times with plenty of numbers at training and a lot of competition.

“Overall though, I just think they need a new voice in there now.

“I had just sensed that in the last few weeks, that people weren’t taking in what I was asking of them, so I thought it was time to finish.

“I think they had good numbers up there on Tuesday night after I went so hopefully they can kick on now.

“If they sort a replacement out pretty quick I think they can still go on and win it this year because it is wide open still.”

Nevertheless, Greenwood, who is also assistant coach to Karl Harrison at Halifax, is proud of a record that has made Siddal the most consistent amateur side in the country in recent seasons.

“It’s been good,” he said.

“People will talk about the Grand Finals we didn’t win, but there are a lot of clubs that never even get near a Grand Final.

“To do the Conference and Cup double in 2009 was great and to beat Doncaster so convincingly in the Challenge Cup was a real highlight.

“It was just nice to be involved with a team that, at its best, could have competed with the pros in Championship One.”