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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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David Seeds to boss Whitehaven in Gateshead friendly

Dave Woods is sure Whitehaven will be in good hands for next month’s pre-season opener against Gateshead Thunder – when former boss David Seeds returns to the helm.

David Seeds photo
David Seeds

Head coach Woods is to fly home on Sunday for his first Christmas in Australia for seven years. And he will not be back in time to take charge for the January 13 visit of the Tyneside outfit.

But he has been impressed with his new No2 Seeds – who led Haven to the play-offs in 2011 before stepping down – and has no fears for the squad during his absence.

“I’m really pleased with how he’s going at the moment. He has been taking parts of sessions and been very good and enthusiastic,” said Woods.

The holiday was arranged before Woods took over at the Recreation Ground, and he has decided to cut it short to ensure he has plenty of time to prepare his squad for the new campaign.

“It’s always something my wife wanted to do,” said Woods. “It was booked in the middle of last year and I wasn’t supposed to come back until January 30, but I’m cutting it short. My family will stay out there and I will arrive back on the 18th.”

Woods will scan the Aussie scene for fresh talent during his break.

“It will give me the chance to speak to some people in Sydney and Queensland to see if anyone’s available,” he said.

Gateshead won Championship One under Woods in 2008, though they struggled last term.

Fans will get their first chance to see the club’s new recruits against Thunder.

Haven later travel to Barrow and Carcassonne before welcoming York in their league opener on February 3.

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