Halifax Panthers are delighted to announce the appointment of Craig Huby as assistant coach on a three year deal ahead of the 2024 Betfred Championship season. Huby will resume as new Panthers head coach Liam Finn’s right hand man, a role he held at Finn’s previous club – Dewsbury Rams.
The 37 year old made a return to professional rugby league at the start of 2023, taking up Finn’s offer of a role at FLAIR Stadium, helping the Rams bounce straight back into the Championship with a successful promotion season.
An experienced campaigner, Craig made nearly 350 senior appearances across a 16 year career following his debut for Castleford Tigers in 2003. The former Huddersfield man finally called time on his career in 2019 due to injuries as a Wakefield player, before making the transition into coaching with community club Castleford Lock Lane following his retirement.
And once the call came to link up with his former team mate once more at his new home of The Shay Stadium, Huby jumped at the chance.
“I’m really excited to be joining Halifax and be working with and alongside Liam again, a new set of players and coaching staff. I can’t wait to get going in preseason, I really enjoyed my time at dewsbury and I’m thankful for the opportunity to develop as a coach.”
Huby comes in as assistant to Finn, with Anthony Irvine and Jon Kelly continuing in their roles within the coaching team. Nick Taylor is moving on following the conclusion of this season. We’d like thank him for his efforts during his time at The Shay.
Head Coach Liam Finn commented on Huby’s appointment: “I was keen for Craig to come with me and his experience as a prop forward will be invaluable to our forward pack and myself. Joining up with myself and already having Anthony Irvine and John Kelly will give us an important mix of continuity and fresh ideas.”
Finn was celebrated for his achievements in 2023 at Tuesday’s Rugby League Awards Night, picking up League One coach of the year.
“It’s not something you think about but obviously I’m delighted to win the award and thank the lads who played for me last year and worked hard to get the job done. But that’s done now and it’s important to concentrate on looking forward with Halifax Panthers.”
First Team pre season training is scheduled to begin in early November.