Former Gloucestershire All Golds boss Lee Greenwood has been named as the new head coach of Championship side Dewsbury Rams.
The 38-year-old joins the Rams after former coach Neil Kelly decided to step down at the end of this season and will step into the role on the back of three successful years with the Golden Fern.
Greenwood joined the All Golds ahead of the 2015 season, where he took over from former boss Steve McCormack, who decided to leave the club due to ‘personal reasons’.
The former Leigh, Batley and Halifax player then went on to become the club’s most successful head coach, leading them to a record breaking season in 2017 that saw them win a club-best 12 games from 27, including notable scalps against northern-based sides Keighley Cougars and Workington Town.
He then left the Golden Fern at the end of the season, when the club folded from League 1.
For the past year, Greenwood has focused his attention on his other rugby league endeavour – the Halifax Elite Rugby Academy, which he runs alongside his brother, Gareth.
He will now split his time between the two, however, after agreeing to join up with the Rams ahead of pre-season.
“It sounds daft when people say they’re looking for the right project, but this was a bit like that for me after those three years of travelling. It’s a down-to-earth, family club that fits with me,” Greenwood said.
“The club has finished eighth or ninth for three years in a row and that’s par with the budgets and attendances here. They’ve been finishing where they should do.
“Glenn (Morrison) and Neil (Kelly) before me have done good jobs. But you always want to aspire for more, without being naive because I know how tough this division is with some clubs spending to try and get out of it. I’m an ambitious lad and I wouldn’t come in saying eighth is my target every year.
Before Greenwood’s appointment, Dewsbury had already announced two new signings.
Outside back Andy Gabriel has signed from Keighley, while back rower Charlie Martin will come in from Doncaster, having previously had spells Keighley, Hunslet and Castleford.
The new coach admits, however, that recruitment is still his, and the club’s, main priority:
“My first job is to fill the rest of the gaps because I want a squad in place before we start pre-season. If we look at the models of Halifax and Featherstone, those are the kind of clubs we can aspire to be over the next couple of years if we can build the club up.
“There’s some players here I know well, some I’ve seen play a fair bit and others I don’t know much about yet. There’s a good nucleus already to work with and now there will be plenty of phone calls, but I don’t mind that at all.”