Workington Town have officially unveiled their new head coach as former Town player Anthony Murray.

Anthony Murray was nominated for this season’s League One Coach of the Year after leading his North Wales Crusaders outfit to the League One playoffs. 

Starting his playing career at Warrington Wolves, Murray had a successful career playing hooker for a number of clubs including Leigh and Workington Town before retiring.

Murray has had spells coaching a variety of different outfits, including Millom, Barrow and Gloucester before embarking on his successful role at the North Wales Crusader.

“Anthony was the standout in a strong field” said club chairman John Pleasants.

“He is highly experienced and knows how to put a strong and effective squad for a very competitive division.”

Workington Town had a difficult season in the Championship which led to their relegation from the division with their only win coming against London Broncos in June.

Alongside the arrival of Antony Murray, the club has also announced that Gary Murdock has been appointed as the club’s director of rugby.

“I’ve played for Town so know its heritage and its passionate supporters and I’ve also had some great matches over the years in Wales and here in Workington,” said Murray.

“I’m already hard at work with the Director of Rugby Gary Murdock and we’ll start to announce who’ll be playing on Derwent Park over the coming weeks and months.”

“I’m really looking forward to meeting our group of fans who are renowned in the game for their allegiance, tenacity and passion!”

The Championship is now entering its final stages of the playoffs with league leader shield winners Leigh Centurions playing York City Knights for a chance to play the winners of Featherston Rovers and Batley Bulldogs in the final at Leeds Rhinos’ ground, Headingley.

Relegation to League One means some long away trips for Murray’s new men, with journeys down the Midlands, London and Cornwall on the cards.


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