Eccles RFC are delighted to announce the return of former player coach Sam Simpson, who will take up the vacant position of Director of Rugby and Head Coach with immediate effect.
Sam, a native of Eccles, first played for Eccles RFC as a Junior and Colt – achieving county representation honours at U16s/U18s level – before going on to play for Lancashire Seniors, Fylde 1XV, Sedgley Park 1XV, Eccles 1XV and Rossendale 1XV.
Sam’s credentials as a coach are equally renown and he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the club gained during his roles with Manchester District age grades, Lancashire U17s/U18s, North England U18s Scrum Coach and as a RFU Community Rugby Coach at Wythenshawe.
Sam departed Eccles RFC in 2016 for family reasons, which unfortunately coincided with a core group of loyal homegrown 1XV players also departing, mainly for a well-earned retirement.
Speaking about his appointment Sam said “I’m very happy to be joining Eccles RFC in what will be my third stint at the club. I’ve got very happy memories of leading Eccles to two promotions and a Lancashire Plate Win in my previous role as Head Coach. It’s been with a heavy heart as I’ve watched from a far the club’s struggle over the past two years, but I am absolutely certain Eccles can bounce straight back to achieving their goals of climbing the RFU league structure and achieving National League status in the near future. This is why I have taken this opportunity to work with the club once more and I am confident my appointment as Director of Rugby and Head Coach can arrest the slide of the past two seasons and bring a much needed continuity back to the squad and club.”
Eccles RFC Chairman Mark Greenhalgh commented “When I first met with Sam a few weeks ago it was to gain his advice on what the club should do to move forward, but as the conversation continued I could really feel his enthusiasm for the club and was impressed by the range of ideas he suggested. So when he accepted the opportunity to come on board and implement those ideas himself I was delighted. I’m very excited for what the future holds, and I and the rest of the club will offer whatever support we can.”
Paul Thorpe, Eccles RFC President added “I worked alongside Sam in his previous spell at the club, a period which was probably the most successful in the club’s history. So we know that his brand of rugby can deliver results and hopefully this new journey will be equally, if not more, successful.”