"The level of professionalism in and around the team has been unbelievable."
Mark Brennan has been appointed as Head of Coaching of Crosfields' Open Age First Team, with club stalwarts Ian Boden and Paul Williams taking over the Alliance team duties for the 2017 season.
Crosfields have placed on record their thanks to both Tony Benson and Paul Arnison for the respective responsibilities with the club and wish them both well for the future.
Arnison is set to stay as part of Crosfields' junior section Paul will still be very much a part of Crosfields with his junior commitments and Tony will be keeping a watching brief from the other side of the world as he settles back into life at home in New Zealand.
Brennan joins the club following three highly successful years coaching with Thatto Heath Ladies, the England Student's Ladies team and working with the RFL as the National Women's Development coach.
He also had a spell as the Head Coach of Mancunians in the North West Merit league.
With Thatto Heath Ladies, he picked up a number of trophies along the way - his vision encouraged the development of junior players to progress into first team regulars, something he hopes to replicate with the huge amount of juniors playing regularly at the Soap.
Mark readily accepts it was time for him to look for a new challenge and take the next step of a highly promising coaching career.
He said: "It was clear from the first meeting, that the players from both open age teams expect to be pushing for promotion from their respective leagues which is great to hear and we have a belief that we can achieve that this season.
"The NCL team have made great strides under Tony and I am keen to push that on and take it to the next stage.
"After meeting numerous people at the club its clear this is a good place to be with good people.
"There is a huge junior section here with teams in every age group which shows the club must be doing something right at all levels, I am keen to help and support the junior section to produce a production line of players that want to play at Crosfields and enjoy playing their rugby.
"We have some pre season games planned in against Halton Hornets and Woolston which will give me a good opportunity to see all players perform and allow them to stake a claim for a starting position as we have a big squad and they will all want an opportunity to play in our first game of the season in March which is a tough one away at Millom."
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