Former Hull FC head coach Lee Radford has a new job. He’s going stateside.
Come November Radford will be the new defensive coach at rugby union side Dallas Jackals in the US Major Rugby competition.
It will be his first coaching role since leaving Hull in March, a night which saw the Black and Whites get battered by Warrington before the country went on lockdown.
Radford though has no regrets. Why would he? He’s a back-to- back Wembley winning coach. He’s in a good place.
“I aren’t one for looking back and dwelling. I just think what’s happened has happened,” Radford said on his exit from Hull FC.
“After a defeat like that and the manner of the defeat and the performance, something had to give. It’s usually the head coach that goes. It is what it is. I don’t have any regrets and hopefully I’ve made some fantastic friends throughout my time at the club.
“There’s not many that get to serve a club that long – almost 20 years over two spells – and I’d like to think I gave everything towards whatever role, whatever capacity I was in.
“Adam Pearson gave me my first opportunity to be a head coach, to coach my hometown club and to go make history.
“I’ll be forever grateful for that. I’ve absolutely no issues with him. I met him a week after and still speak to him via message so I’ve absolutely no issues whatsoever.
“And I do genuinely wish him and the club well. I’ll be supporting them and watching them in the future.”
Hull FC haven’t played a game since sacking Radford, with the formers assistant Andy Last taking temporary charge of WhatsApp groups and Zoom calls. Screw you, COVID.
A popular figure at the club, Last has been at Hull since the Stone Age, with various voices backing him to do well when normality and training finally resume.
Radford, a good friend of Last, shares that thought process.
“I think he’ll do a great job,” Radford explained. “And I think the team will do really well. If he can get that best 17 on the field they will be a match for anybody in the competition.
“Obviously, with what’s happened it might be a blessing in disguise to give everybody time to get them back on the field.”
And what about the new coaching role, rugby union in North America – who saw that one coming?
“It was one of those situations where when I put the phone down on the call, there was genuine excitement and butterflies,” Radford added.
“Rugby Union is global. It’s a great opportunity.”