Ex-Saints Long re-joins Salford

Ex-Saints ace Sean Long
Ex-Saints ace Sean Long
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Former Saints ace Sean Long has rejoined Salford Red Devils’ backroom staff, a month after losing his job as assistant coach at London Broncos.

Long, who spent more than a decade at Knowsley Road, cut his coaching teeth at Salford after hanging up his boots in the summer of 2011 but left last April to join Wigan Warriors.

However, he lasted only three months at Wigan and finished the season in charge of Championship club Featherstone.

Long joined the Broncos during the winter but left last month after the club revealed he “failed to reach the professional levels expected”.

The 37-year-old subsequently revealed he had attempted to commit suicide in January after suffering from depression but, after seeking help from the Sporting Chance clinic, expressed his hope of returning to Salford.

The Red Devils have given Long that chance after appointing him on a consultancy basis.

Head coach Brian Noble said: “As soon as I heard Sean became available following his release from London Broncos, I wanted to give him this opportunity to work with the exciting team we have assembled here to make sure it quickly fulfils its huge potential.

“Sean knows what it takes to be a success at the highest level and when you consider the mixture of high quality and experience we have pulled together at the club; I’m sure he will bring a further dimension to our team dynamics.”