Yorkshire Carnegie Head Coach Bryan Redpath has confirmed his coaching team for next season with the confirmation that assistant coaches Dave Baldwin and Francis Cummins, along with Head of Strength and Conditioning Ryan Clayton, have all agreed deals with the club.

Yorkshire-born Baldwin, who joined the club in 2012, has agreed a one-year extension having previously coached at Preston Grasshoppers, Fylde and Manchester. He started his playing career in Yorkshire with Bramley and Wakefield and then went on to make over 300 appearances with Sale Sharks and has representative honours for England, the Barbarians Yorkshire and the North of England.
Francis Cummins is no stranger to Headingley Carnegie having played his entire Rugby League career with Leeds Rhinos for over a decade and then successfully made the transition to coaching after his retirement in 2005. He joined Yorkshire Carnegie last season on a consultancy basis having previously been Head Coach of Bradford Bulls in the Super League and has now agreed a one year deal with the club.
Ryan Clayton enters his third season at the club this year having joined Yorkshire Carnegie from Sale Sharks. He worked for the Sharks for two seasons after a successful Rugby League playing career that saw him play at Halifax, Salford, Castleford and Huddersfield. He has agreed a new two year contract.
Commenting on the appointments Redpath said, “I think we have an outstanding off field team at the club. In terms of conditioning, medical, administration and analysis we are in a very strong position with people who are dedicated to making Yorkshire Carnegie a success. We have been able to secure our senior coaching team from last season which now gives us some continuity to move forward next season.
“It is great news that Dave, Francis and Ryan have all agreed new deals. We have a very close backroom team at the club including these three and we are in a good position to make the most of our pre-season programme.
“Francis obviously comes from a Rugby League background but there are a lot of fundamentals that cross over between the codes. He is a local lad and he understands what it means to bring success to this area. He is the first to admit that he is learning about Rugby Union but he is enthusiastic about our code. He is keen to learn from me and contribute what he has learnt as a coach and it is important that we always have that open dialogue.
“Dave has a massive role within the squad. I knew him from my playing days at Sale and it was obvious last year that a lot of work had been done with our forwards with Tommy McGee and Dave and Dave has taken that work forward this year. The pack was the most pleasing part of what I saw in Yorkshire Carnegie last year. We have strengthened the pack this close season and we need to make sure we are better than where we were last year.
“This is Ryan Clayton’s time of year when he wants the players most with no rugby getting in the way initially. Ryan and Shane Carney are very busy over the next two months, overseen by Jason Davidson, but it is obvious the respect the team have for Ryan by how the boys have returned in great shape for pre-season,” added Redpath.