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Plume hoping for happy farewell

26th July 2017 | 6:00 am

By Phil Daly

Chris Plume has been assistant coach at the Rhinos for six seasons

Leeds Rhinos Assistant Coach Chris Plume is set to leave his full-time role with the Rhinos this week following the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final to take up a new challenge in education.

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Leeds Rhinos Assistant Coach Chris Plume is set to leave his full-time role with the Rhinos this week following the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final to take up a new challenge in education.

Plume has worked at the Rhinos for a decade having originally joined as a community coach with the Leeds Rhinos Foundation in 2007. His coaching talents were recognised and he was promoted to the Rhinos Academy and eventually became Under 19s Head Coach and then promoted to the first team as assistant coach in 2012.

This season he has solely worked as assistant coach to Brian McDermott and he will now take up a role with Worksop College and Ranby House as Sports Performance Director. However, he will continue to have an advisory role within the backroom team for the remainder of the current season.

Head Coach Brian McDermott commented, “Chris has been an outstanding member of our coaching team for the last six years. This is a great opportunity for Chris, especially as it is nearer to his home in South Yorkshire, and we have been happy to meet his request to leave his full-time role before the end of the season so he can take it up. Chris will continue to play a role in our team preparations for the remainder of the year but Saturday’s game will be his last as a full-time member of the team.

“Adrian Morley will increase his day to day involvement with the first team and Chev Walker has been working with our outside backs for the past few weeks, which has been beneficial,” added McDermott.

Chris began his career in coaching whilst still at University in Huddersfield and became the Player Performance Manager at Huddersfield Giants in 2004 until 2006 before joining the Rhinos the following year. As well as coaching, Chris played for Sheffield Eagles, Huddersfield, Gateshead and Hunslet.

Plume added, “I can’t think a better way to finish my time at the Rhinos than with a big game like the Challenge Cup semi-final this Saturday. I have been working with the first team for the past six years and also learned a lot during that time coaching the Under 19s as well. We have had some success along the way and I am very thankful to have had that opportunity. I would like to thank all the players and coaches I have had the privilege of working with and learning from down the years.

“As Sports Performance Director at Worksop College and Ranby House I will be overseeing their sports provision and making sure everything they do is to a professional standard and the grounding I have had at Leeds Rhinos will certainly stand me in good stead to do just that,” added Plume.

Headmaster of Worksop College and Ranby House, Gavin Horgan said, “Chris Plume’s impressive background and experience will only serve to build on the sporting legacy of our school. We are looking forward to welcoming him to the team.”