Jason Strange has returned to Ebbw Vale RFC as Head Coach and met the squad at the club last night where he laid out his plans for the squad in the coming league season. He will combine this role with his work at St Helens Rugby League Club and in no stranger to combining high profile roles having successfully done this in the past with Wales U20’s and Ebbw Vale RFC
He is in the process of completing his coaching group and is confident that this will be in place by the end of the weekend and will bring a mixture of experience and ambition
Chairman Jon Jones made the following comment
Having initially approached Jason for advice on the search for a new coaching group it became clear that Jason wanted to return to the club, that was the quickest and simplest decision I have ever made in rugby. He is a top quality coach and person who I have a lot of history with and a great working relationship. He understands the club, the community and has a clear idea how to improve team performance and the club overall. His track record at Ebbw Vale, Wales U20’s and St Helens speak for themselves and I am looking forward to working with him again. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank St Helen’s Rugby League Club for allowing Jason the space to make both roles manageable
Jason had the following to say
I’m really looking forward to going back to the club and I’m positive with the right individuals involved we can replicate past successes and make supporters proud again. The club has been very good to me over many years as a player and coaching if I can give up some of my time and help in a small way then that is fantastic.It will mean a fair amount of commuting for myself between St Helens rugby league but it is helpful that the Super League season doesn’t start until Mid February and runs through the summer months
There are some outstanding people like Chairman Jon Jones still involved at the club who make it what it is. The club and people involved have got similar values to myself and that is extremely important to me. I’ve been really fortunate in my career to have been in some very successful teams as a player and a coach and also to be in some horrific ones. The good thing is you stand back and learn why was that team successful and why a team was not very good.
The first priority for me is to get everyone going in the same direction towards a shared vision which will not only be about rugby success but also about the community and making a difference in the area. The club has always been a very important part of the community and hopefully it will once again again make a lot of people very happy