Walters to leave luckless Dragons
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Friday 28 May 2010
The Catalan Dragons have become the fourth Super League club seeking a new coach for next season following Kevin Walters' decision not to take up the option of a third year with the club. The former Australian stand-off announced his departure after a meeting with the Catalans' chairman, Bernard Guasch.
"The Dragons are a great club with good people involved and I look forward to finishing off the season with some good results," said Walters, who coached the Catalans to within one match of an Old Trafford Grand Final last year. But this season has been little short of a disaster, with an injury-hit squad winning just two Super League matches and standing four points adrift at the foot of the table.
"I understand Kevin's decision, but I'm disappointed for him," said Guasch, who has been outspokenly critical of some of the team's displays this season. "He's a great man and was very unlucky this season."
Walters' successful predecessor, Mick Potter, is still without a job after announcing that he is leaving St Helens, stoking theories that he could be attracted back to Perpignan.
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