Saints confirm Marshall appointment

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St Helens have confirmed the appointment of former Halifax boss Richard Marshall as Justin Holbrook’s new assistant following the departure of Sean Long.

Marshall, 43, who left Fax two months ago, had been heavily linked with Saints over the last week and has signed a deal with the Super League leaders until the end of the 2020 season.

Long left the club earlier this week to take up a position in rugby union at Harlequins.

Marshall was assistant to Warrington coach Tony Smith before joining Fax and guided the part-time Championship club to three top-four finishes in four seasons.

The former Fax player will now go up against his former club when Saints play Halifax in a Challenge Cup semi-final at Bolton on July 27.

“I had a number of options after I left Halifax, but when a club like St Helens comes calling, you jump at the chance,” said Marshall.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to continue my development at a fantastic club and I cannot wait to get started.”

St Helens chief executive Mike Rush said: “We all welcome Richard to the club with open arms. I have known him for over 15 years having seen him rise through the ranks at Warrington and more recently at Halifax.

“He absolutely fits the culture of the club. He is hard-working, driven and a talented individual who will bring further experience to our coaching staff.”