Huddersfield Giants have started their shake up of backroom staff by appointing Andy Kelly as the club’s first rugby manager ahead of next season.

Already working as the Giants’ head of youth, the experienced coach has had his remit expanded to help support head coach Simon Woolford as the club look to improve on a difficult campaign in 2019.

“In reviewing our season with Simon (Woolford) it became apparent too much of his time was spent on matters that could be best dealt with by Andy who was in turn looking to widen his involvement with the first-team to more than just matchday,” Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis told The Yorkshire Post of the appointment.

“The role of Rugby Manager is a natural fit for Andy and will enable more hands-on coaching and conditioning time for all the first-grade staff and take away their administrative and logistical burdens which, whilst being vital for the smooth running and optimisation of the club, it is felt are best sat on Andy’s desk.”

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