JOE Barker will be the new head coach at Rotherham Titans, with the club's rugby director Martin Jenkinson saying: "It's time to look to the future, not back."
Barker, who will combine his playing duties with his new coaching role, will be joined by new forwards chief Matt Smith, who is currently a member of the Yorkshire Carnegie squad. He will take his new role on a part time basis while Christian Head will be assistant coach.
And Jenkinson, who will oversee the whole operation with a power of veto, says it's an exciting time at Clifton Lane as the club prepares to meet the challenge of National One head on.
"Everything is now positive and I have said to the coaching team that I don't want them looking back and kicking over the ashes of last year," he said.
"There is a line in the sand, we are where we are, we are going to move on and we're going to do it positively.
"Joe has been with us for three years already and it feels a bit like deja vu, when it was Lee Blackett's turn to step up a couple of years ago. I've every confidence in Joe and in the new team.
"Matt will come in to coach the forwards but he will remain as a player at Leeds, although he will be at all of the training sessions and at as many of our games as possible.
"Christian has been on the Yorkshire coaching scene and has worked with Joe for some time, he'll come in and do bits and bobs of everything."
Rotherham have already penned deals with around 22 players with only three retained from last season, Barker being joined by Jamie Cooke and Brandon Palmer.
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