26 Feb 2021 in News
Former Rangers players Sean Whitehead and Paul Ashton have returned to the club as first team coaches after Ken Kerr confirmed he would be staying in Australia.
Ken had only been in charge for a few months when the pandemic hit and he flew home. He’s now decided he won’t make it back to the UK so the club has moved swiftly to appoint replacements.
Sean captained the legendary team of the early 90s to three National Cup wins and a National League title while Paul played for Rangers before and after a professional career at clubs including Keighley, Swinton and Oldham.
The pair were recently in charge at Oldham St Anne’s.
Sean said; “I was honoured to play for the club, honoured to be captain and I'm honoured to now get the chance to coach it. We'll need to take stock and assess what players we've got and see who turns up but we're not scared of throwing youth in and we'll be active in trying to get new blood in."
Paul said; "This is something I've wanted to do since I was a kid. I have good memories from Rangers and I owe the club a lot for helping me to sign professional. I'm really looking forward to getting into it."
Pre-season training will start when community sport is allowed to return next month.
Rangers President, Terry Flanagan, said; “We’re really excited to welcome Sean and Paul back to the club. We know it’s a big task to revitalise the playing side after Covid but with support I’m sure they can put a smile back on faces and get everyone enjoying their rugby again.”