Thursday, 26 November 2015

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Former Seaton ARL boss returns to refereeing

Ex-Workington Town skipper Colin “Buck” Armstrong is to return to refereeing after stepping down as boss of Cumberland League Seaton Rangers.

Colin Armstrong photo
Colin Armstrong

The former prop forward enjoyed major trophy success in his first spell in charge but his return to the club this term was less profitable, with Seaton struggling for numbers at times after the two-month summer break, which has been scrapped for next season. And he now plans to referee in the Cumberland League in 2013.

“Until the summer break we were getting two teams, but we then went from 30 training to six or seven,” said Armstrong, one of only a handful of modern day players to feature in the book 100 Greats: Cumberland Rugby League.

“The break was a big factor but there was also a lack of interest. I enjoy the amateur game and will put something back in to it.

“If nothing becomes available in coaching, I will carry on refereeing as long as I’m fit and able to do it.

“It will keep my interest going.

“Seaton have some good youth players but about 10 others have finished due to work commitments or retirement. They will leave a big void.”

Seaton also recently lost young playmaker Callum Phillips to Workington Town, and Armstrong, who had a successful stint at Whitehaven in the latter stages of his playing career, would consider returning to the pro ranks in a coaching capacity.

“I would like to get involved with a professional club but I don’t think that will happen as Whitehaven and Workington both now have their coaching staff sorted out,” he added.



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