Leek RUFC have unveiled a much-loved club figure as their new head coach ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Joel Booth will preside over all senior and Colts teams at the Staffordshire outfit.
He takes the hot seat at Esterchem Park having had ties with the club for several decades.
Booth first joined the club back as a junior and rose through the ranks to feature for the first team.
He remained in Staffordshire for almost the entirety of his career, aside from a spell with Harrogate in Yorkshire.
Booth will be supported by former head coach Luke Grainger, first team member Sam Hunt and experienced coach Chris Mudd.
Gary McDermott and Rob McDermott will also drop in to help coach the set-up.
Both Grainger and Hunt will support the growth of Colts players in their respective roles too.
Booth said he is looking forward to the opportunity of developing players to create success for his hometown club.
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He said: “Returning to the club of my youth has been a brilliant experience.
“I am looking forward to developing all our players and helping them achieve their full potential at 1st XV, 2nd XV and Colts levels.
“This club has a proud history of nurturing great rugby talent and it is vital that we give our young players a pathway to achieve their sporting ambitions and from junior to 1st XV level.”
Leek RUFC has ‘great ambition’
Leek RUFC Chair of Senior Rugby Tony Hine told the club’s website that he was pleased with the acquisition.
“These are exciting times for the club,” he said.
“Leek has great ambition and Joel’s impressive playing and coaching credentials are exactly what we need to put us in a competitive position when the new season starts.
“Joel is a Leek player through and through and is highly respected by all the teams.
“He is a great role model for what can be achieved and brings a wealth of fresh ideas, expertise and enthusiasm to the pitch.
“We are lucky to have such a knowledgeable group of coaches and we believe their leadership can be a game-changer as we prepare to challenge for success in the Midlands North West 2 League.”
Leagues at Level 3 and below had their 2020/21 seasons cancelled back in October due to the Covid-19 pandemic back.
The RFU announced on Friday that from the 2022/23 season, all divisions at Levels 3 and 4 will be capped at 14 teams
Those at Levels 5 and below will be capped to 12. The Midlands 2 North West is the seventh level of English rugby.
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