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29th September 2017

HEMEL STAGS’ Head Coach Troy Perkins has announced that he is stepping down after twelve seasons with the Stags.

Troy joined the Stags in 2006 as player-coach and immediately took the club to a NL3 Grand Final appearance against Bramley Buffaloes. In the following seasons in NL3/RLCN Hemel habitually made the play-offs and in 2012 won the RLCN Grand Final defeating Underbank Rangers.

This proved to be a perfect lead in to the Stags being one of the expansion clubs to Join Championship 1 in 2013 where they reached the play-offs and repeated the performance in 2014.

The change of Championship 1/League 1 in 2015 from a development league to a performance league put huge pressures on Hemel Stags as a club but Troy remained fully committed to his role.

When Troy joined the Stags he was a single man but now has three children with the oldest – Amelie – approaching teenagerhood. Coventry-based Troy has found the pressures of travelling around 27,000 miles to training and matches each season and being away from home two nights a week and most Sundays too great a burden and is the reason for him standing down.

Hemel Stags Chairman Bob Brown commented “ Troy’s professionalism and commitment to  the Hemel Stags ethos throughout his long stay with the club has been outstanding. He has been one of the heroes of rugby league in the South of England”

The club will be making an announcement next week on the new coaching set up for 2018 and also on changes to their training base and administrative set ups.

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