KIERAN HALLETT is looking forward to trying to make his mark as a coach.
The 31-year-old experienced fly-half agreed to return to Plymouth Albion last week as a player-backs coach.
Hallett, who has spent the last four years at the Cornish Pirates, will combine that with working for Exeter Chiefs Academy in Cornwall.
“I’m really pleased to be coming back to Albion and the move gives me the opportunity to continue playing a high standard of rugby as well as kick-starting my coaching career,” said Hallett, who made more than 60 appearances for Plymouth between 2008 and 2011.
“For a number of years I’ve had aspirations to be a coach and after completing my level three RFU badge have been involved with some of the Cornish age groups teams.”
“Coaching wise I will be young but I’m really excited about the new role I will have at Albion.”
Former Plymouth captain Hallett still believes he has a lot to offer as a player, but he knows getting the balance right with his coaching will be crucial.
Albion are in desperate need of some experience in their backline having said goodbye to Tom Bedford, Marc Koteczky and Jake Murphy, who were all key players last season.
Plymouth have also lost fly-halves Billy Searle and Elliot Bale.
“Playing wise I can bring a lot of experience to the team having played Championship rugby for a number of years,” said Hallett, who made eight starts and eight replacement appearances for the Pirates last year.
Hallett joins Dan Parkes on Albion’s coaching team. James Earp has also agreed to become the club’s new conditioning coach.
Albion return for pre-season training on July 4 and they will be hoping to complete their squad in the coming weeks.
So far the players Albion have confirmed for next season are Dan Pullinger, Nile Dacres, Herbie Stupple, Matt Shepherd, Jon Dawe, Seti Raumakita, Todd Prisk, Dave Fisher, Cameron Thompson and youngsters Curtis Reynolds and Rory Briers.
Former London Scottish academy prop Sam Nixon has said he has signed for the club but Albion have not yet confirmed his arrival.
“Albion are putting together a good squad and with a few more additions there is no reason why the club can’t replicate the brilliant run they had last season,” said Hallett.