Morley looking forward to coaching debut

Great Britain Rugby League legend Adrian Morley has won it all as a player but this Sunday he will embark on the next stage of his career as a coach when Leeds Rhinos take on Hunslet at South Leeds Stadium in the Harry Jepson OBE Memorial Trophy, kick off 3pm.
Morley rejoined his first club this winter as part of Brian McDermott’s backroom team and the Under 19s Head Coach. He will take charge of the side this Sunday for the first time as the Rhinos look to start 2017 with a victory and repeat last year’s win over Hunslet.
The 19 man squad includes ten players from the Under 19 squad with ten members of the Rhinos full time first team squad amongst the squad as well.
Morley rejoined his first club this winter as part of Brian McDermott’s backroom team and the Under 19s Head Coach. He will take charge of the side this Sunday for the first time as the Rhinos look to start 2017 with a victory and repeat last year’s win over Hunslet.
Looking ahead to the game, Morley, who made 23 appearances for England and won 30 caps for Great Britain as well as captaining his country, said, “I am looking forward to Sunday’s game. It is exciting for the lads with it being our first game of the New Year. There are a number of established players in the side along with the young lads who will get a chance as well. I have loved working with the young lads, I remember being in their position going through the same process. Our job as coaches is to help them achieve what they can in their career.”
During the close season, the Under 19s have trained with the first team squad on a number of occasions and Morley believes that will benefit them in the long run. He added,  “There is no substitute for mixing with the first team. Every club I have been at we have had club sessions where the first team train with the academy and it has always been important here at Leeds. For our young players to be in and around the senior players and watch how they act, their mannerism and professionalism is vital. This Sunday they will get to see how they are on a matchday as well and that can be very beneficial.”
Morley is taking his first steps as a coach with the Rhinos and he says the support he has received from the rest of the coaching staff at the club has made the transition much easier. He added, “I’m looking forward to my coaching debut. It is all new to me and it has been a bit of a whirlwind couple of months. I will have the help of Brian and the rest of the coaches on Sunday, as I have had since I arrived, and I can’t wait to get going.”
The Rhinos lost out to Wakefield in the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge in their first pre-season game but Morley says that will have little influence on the players in the build up to Sunday’s game. He added, “I don’t think the Wakefield result will impact on our lads. The players realise this is a trial game and a great opportunity to show where they are in their progress at the club. They have a chance to put their name down for the rest of the season and for the Under 19 players there are not many opportunities they get to play against open age players so this is a chance to impress Brian and the first team coaches. We won’t be looking at past results as an incentive, the boys who take the field on Sunday will want to put in a good performance for themselves.”