Salford recruit Long to staff
Salford have confirmed the appointment of former St Helens scrum-half Sean Long to their coaching team for next season.
Last Updated: 19/08/11 11:23am
Salford have confirmed the appointment of former St Helens and Great Britain scrum-half Sean Long to their coaching staff.
The 34-year-old announced his retirement as a player a fortnight ago after succumbing to a string of injuries that restricted him to just 21 appearances since moving from Saints to Hull at the start of last season.
Long will join another ex-St Helens player, Phil Veivers, as assistant to Australian head coach Matt Parish at the club's new City of Salford Community Stadium in time for the start of pre-season training in November.
"Sean is a winner and he will bring that winning ability to the club. We are fortunate to have been able to attract him.," said Parish.
"I have met him several times and his knowledge of the game is immense. I have enjoyed talking footy with him and look forward to him joining our team."
Long, a three-times Lance Todd Trophy winner, has been one of the most colourful and controversial figures of the Super League era and his retirement leaves only two players, Keith Senior and Paul Johnson, as survivors from the inaugural season in 1996.
He began his career with his home-town team Wigan but it was during a 12-year stint with arch rivals St Helens where he made his name after being released following off-field controversy.
Long joined Saints in 1997 after a brief stint at Widnes and enjoyed huge success as the club went on to dominate Super League.
He featured in four title-winning sides and was named Man of Steel in 2000. Other highlights included kicking drop goals to win the World Club Challenge in 2001 and Challenge Cup final the following year.
His glittering career, however, was often overshadowed by controversy. He served a three-month ban after an investigation into betting irregularities in 2004 and prematurely left the 2006 Tri-Nations series when on Great Britain duty.
He retired from international rugby league the following year after winning 14 caps but continued to excel for Saints before joining Hull on a two-year deal after defeat in the 2009 Grand Final.
A dislocated shoulder suffered in June's match against Hull KR was the final straw for Long, who has also suffered elbow, thumb and leg injuries during his time with the Hull club.