Coach­ing still holds a pull for Trin­ity’s Gil­mour

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SUPER LEAGUE KICK-OFF -

WAKE­FIELD TRIN­ITY as­sis­tant Lee Gil­mour ad­mits time away from the game has made him think he might want to be­come a head coach af­ter all.

The ex-Great Bri­tain sec­ondrow, who re­tired in 2014 be­fore go­ing onto Trin­ity’s coach­ing staff, has switched to a part-time role at Belle Vue.

For the 39-year-old, who en­joyed so much suc­cess with Wi­gan War­riors, Brad­ford Bulls and St He­lens be­fore spells at Hud­der­s­field Giants and Castleford Tigers, the change in hours came at just the right time.

“I’m look­ing at start­ing to do a bit of prop­erty de­vel­op­ing,” he told The York­shire Post, ahead of Wake­field’s first game of the new sea­son at Hull KR this Fri­day.

“I’m sell­ing a cou­ple of places that I have got and then I’ll try and get into that. I’ve al­ways done stuff with prop­erty while play­ing and coach­ing. Now I have a few more hours to ded­i­cate to that.

“This part-time role re­ally suits me as I’ve given my life to rugby league for 20-odd years.

“Now I have a bit more free­dom with the fam­ily and I re­ally en­joy that. But I think even­tu­ally I would like to go back to full-time coach­ing.”

Dews­bury-born Gil­mour has been con­cen­trat­ing on de­fence with Chris Ch­ester’s side.

He added: “It is en­joy­able, pass­ing on what you know and help­ing oth­ers out.

“As an as­sis­tant I prob­a­bly get a slightly big­ger kick out of that than the whole team thing.

“The team do­ing well’s the main thing, but to do that you have to im­prove play­ers along the way. See­ing play­ers de­velop is great for me, Reece Lyne is a big one I’ve re­ally en­joyed see­ing grow. He def­i­nitely has re­ally, re­ally im­proved. He’s qual­ity.”

With John Kear hav­ing moved onto Brad­ford Bulls, Wake­field have re­cruited for­mer Cata­lans as­sis­tant Michael Mon­aghan to their staff along­side Stu­art Dick­ens and Gil­mour.

Asked if he would want to be­come a head coach, Gil­mour said: “I’ve thought about this. Since I had a bit more time away that bug has grown a lit­tle bit.

“You don’t re­alise you miss some­thing un­til you are not a part of it as much. When I was just do­ing two morn­ings per week, I couldn’t wait to get back. It was a nice feel­ing.

“I’m do­ing three days now and I think, yes, maybe one day I would like to be a head coach.”

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