MALTON and Norton RUFC have named former Premiership centre Alex Crockett as their new head coach.

Crockett represented Bath, Bristol, Worcester Warriors and Newcastle Falcons as well as the England Under-21s and England Saxons during his professional playing career which spanned from 2001 to 2014.

The 38-year-old, who has previously coached National League One side Hull Ionians, is the current Head of Sport at Terrington Hall School.

He will be assisted by captain Sam Triffitt and George Harrison, who both are taking their first steps into coaching.

Crockett succeeds Chris Creber, who has returned to home country Australia, and he hailed the work done by the departing boss.

“Chris has left a fantastic group of players here and coached them to a great standard,” said Crockett, “and hopefully we as a team of coaches and senior players can add to their dedication of the last 10 years.”

“I want all 1st, 2nd and 3rd team players to feel inclusive at training we want to get a positive feel running throughout the group.

“It worked well at my previous clubs everyone at the club has a role to play and this current situation will benefit us from a club bonding aspect with the lack of contact rugby.”

Triffit, who will be forwards coach, said: “Despite been a natural nine, I have played almost every position in the pack, front row, back row and eight.

“I want to build on that experience and progress the forwards from the 3rd upwards, we need a big group of players to pick from.

“I would love to see all our forwards throughout the seniors at training getting better and better which in turn will improve the club”.

Elsewhere the club said they were planning a fitness session for senior players on July 14, following the Rugby Football Union’s statement over training in bubbles of six.