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Kevin Harman returns as Southend Rugby Club head coach
KEVIN Harman has been named as Southend Rugby Club’s new head coach.
The 44-year-old enjoyed incredible success as the club’s director of rugby until becoming Wasps’ first team manager six seasons ago.
But, he will now combine that role at the Premiership giants, with coaching at Warners Bridge.
“I will be in to coach the players once a week and I’m only too happy to be helping the club out again,” said Harman.
“I’ve come back in because of (director of rugby) Chris Green and he’s someone I know very well as he played in the team I had during a very successful time we had.
“He’s put together a good group of young, enthusiastic lads and I’ve really enjoyed the coaching I’ve done with them so far because being out there with the players is something I’ve certainly missed.”
Southend made a slow start to last season before pulling away from the relegation zone with a fine end to the campaign.
The Seasiders won six out of eight games during their resurgence but Harman believes it will be hard for the team to repeat that kind of form this time around.
“Southend had a strong end to last season after bringing in about seven players but they’ve lost a few since then and it’s certainly not going to be easy,” said Harman.
“Andrew McClintock, who was one of the best second row players in the league, has retired, Rob Kirby, one of the best goal kick-ers, has left and so too has scrum half Sam Arnott, so a few of the experienced heads have left.
“But Chris has made decent signings under the pressures that he faces and the aim is to be the best we can be.”
Harman will mostly be watching recordings of the games due to his responsibilities at Wasps.
However, he is full of praise for the coaching set up in place at the club.
“All the boys do a great job,” said Harman. “As well as Chris, I know Daniel Legge and Michael Guess well from their time as players and they’re now good coaches.
“Mark Williams is also a fantastic strength and conditioning coach, so there is a really good set up here.”
Harman had remained involved with Southend since his departure by helping to overhaul the mini and youth section of the club.
And he feels certain more young players will soon start working their way through the ranks at Warners Bridge.
“I enjoy working with the youngsters and a lot of hard work has gone into that and will definitely help the club in the future,” said Harman.
“In six or seven years’ time these lads will be pushing for the first team, which is definitely a good thing as Southend faces a real challenge to remain a level four club.”