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New role for Andy Deacon

27 August 2004

Gloucester Rugby Club legend Andy Deacon has returned to Kingsholm in a new part-time role that will see the former tight-head prop team up with the Club's Academy.

The 39 year-old, who retired from playing in May after 15 years service to the Club, takes the official title of Elite Player Development coach, which will see Deacon offer coaching assistance to Gloucester's Academy set-up.

Deacon will team up with Academy manager Carl Douglas and assistant Academy manager Mark Hewitt to help identify the next generation of Gloucester players.

The former front row man will be combining the role at the Kingsholm club with a job at Gloucester-based Nationwide Recruitment.

The best of the Academy's players will see regular game time in the forthcoming season of the Zurich 'A' League, which Deacon will also play a role in.

Commenting on Deacon, who has signed a two-year contract, said: "It's great news to be back. I'm looking forward to the coaching role, as well as managing the younger players. The role is a varied one, but it's going to be good to combine the job at Nationwide and the role at Gloucester.

"It's going to be a rewarding time working with up and coming young players, and helping them develop from young talent into first team potential."

Gloucester's Academy manager Carl Douglas added: "Deacs will be working with the Academy staff to identify and develop the next generation of player. We're extremely lucky to have someone of his undoubted experience and enthusiasm within our player programme. I'm confident he'll be a huge asset for the entire club."