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Former Giants assistant coach Deakin returns to Catalans Dragons fold in new role.

FORMER Huddersfield Giants assistant coach Steve Deakin has been appointed Catalans Dragons' new Player Welfare Manager.

The former Kirklees RL Development officer, who also had spells with Halifax, London Broncos, Keighley, Sheffield and Whitehaven in coaching capcities, is back in the Dragons fold two years after having left the club.

Deakin's first spell at the club was from 2003 to 2005 as head coach, when they were called Union Trieziste Catalan, and won the French cup and League double in 2005.

He returned to the club in 2010 as head coach of the Catalans Dragons reserve team, helping to guide the 2013 team to their first Grand Final since the introduction of the Catalans Dragons in Super League.

Deakin said: "I'm very proud to be invited to work with the Catalans Dragons, a club that is close to my heart than any other rugby club in the world.

"I promise to do anything and everything that I can to help the players play to their potential and carry the club to its highest level."

|The Rugby Football League and the joint administrators of Bradford Bulls have agreed to resolve the Bulls' affairs as swiftly as possible.

Gary Pettit of PBC Business Recovery was appointed as one of the joint administrators, while the Bulls' membership of the RFL had been terminated.

However, a club statement said: "After further discussions, both Mr Pettit and the RFL have agreed that they will continue to work constructively together.

"This is in order to achieve the swiftest and most effective outcome for all stakeholders - including staff, fans, sponsors, creditors and others."

Pettit added: "We look forward to working with the RFL."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 19, 2016
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