Featherstone Rovers unveil new coaching team

Featherstone Rovers' new coaching team Gordie Long, John Bastian and Danny Evans
Featherstone Rovers' new coaching team Gordie Long, John Bastian and Danny Evans
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Featherstone Rovers have unveiled their coaching team for 2014 with new head coach John Bastian joined by Danny Evans and Gordie Long.

Evans, who stepped in as first team head coach on an interim basis following the departure of Ryan Sheridan and Daryl Powell last season, has agreed a new contract with Rovers and will be assistant coach to the incoming Bastian.

And the new management team will be added to by Gordie Long, who is joining the club as assistant coach following a highly successful spell in charge of top amateur club Sharlston Rovers.

Evans said “I am looking forwarding to continuing my coaching career at Featherstone Rovers. I feel there are exciting times to come on and off the field at the club and everybody involved is working hard to ensure that Featherstone Rovers can perform at the highest level possible.

“I am looking forward to working with John Bastian and his team and developing my coaching skills.”

Rovers’ incoming head coach Bastian said: “I’m pleased that Danny has agreed to stay at Featherstone Rovers and continue his rugby league education.

“He has good experience working under the stewardship of Daryl Powell and Ryan Sheridan and gained further experience in 2013 working alongside Sean Long.

“I am looking forward to working with Danny, developing and diversifying his coaching skills. Working within a new coaching and management team will expose Danny to different methods and help his progression in one day becoming a head coach in his own right.”

Long is joining Featherstone fresh from guiding local amateurs Sharlston Rovers to a clean sweep of trophies last season. He was honoured as the coach of the year at the recent BARLA awards night.

He said: “I’ve supported Featherstone Rovers all my life and remember watching them at Wembley in 1983 in the Challenge Cup.

“I have supported them ever since and relish this opportunity working at a great club.

“I would like to thank John and the board for giving me this chance to test myself and improve. I am really looking forward to working with John, Danny and the rest of the team. I met with the squad last Wednesday evening and they are a great bunch of lads and I can’t wait to get started.”

On the new addition to the coaching team, Bastian said “I’ve known Gordie for a number of years and watched his development from a distance in the community game.

“He has done a terrific job at Sharlston and I feel his next level of progression is an opportunity to work at a professional club. He is local and a Featherstone Rovers supporter who like all at the club is enthusiastic and determined to develop and progress.”