Brian Noble takes up offer of Halifax consultancy role

Brian Noble
Brian Noble won three Grand Finals with Bradford in 2001, 2003 and 2005

Brian Noble is to return to rugby league in a consultancy role at Championship strugglers Halifax.

The former Bradford, Wigan and Great Britain coach, 50, has been out of work since leaving Crusaders last autumn after a successful season in Wrexham.

But he has now accepted an offer to work in partnerhship with Halifax coach Matt Calland.

"I'm looking forward to working alongside someone of Brian Noble's class," said Calland.

"I'm still serving my apprenticeship. I've only been doing this job for four years."

After attending Fax's 46-34 Challenge Cup fourth round defeat by Bradford on Sunday working as a summariser for BBC Sport, Noble will start his new part-time role at The Shay on Monday.

"I'm meeting up with him tomorrow to review the game and discuss the way forward," confirmed Calland, who has worked with Noble before, when he was on the playing staff at Bradford in the mid-1990s.

Calland, 39, led Halifax to Championship Grand Final glory last September, but his side are currently sat second from bottom this time round, having lost six of their seven league matches this season.

And, having missed out on a Super League licence to Widnes in March, they are still in the hunt when the rest are handed out this summer.

With that in mind, Noble has been brought in but it has been made clear that his part-time two-days-a-week appointment will not tread on Calland's toes.

"I'm a fan of the Championship," Noble told BBC Sport. "It's something that interests me, working a couple of days a week and giving a holistic view."

Halifax director Ian Croad added: "Matt Calland remains our head coach, there is no question about that.

"He has taken us to back-to-back Grand Finals and this shouldn't be forgotten, so we always planned to help Matt, rather than replace him.

"Matt is comfortable with the proposal and we are confident that it will create a top-rate management team."

Noble won three Super League Grand Finals, three World Club Championships and the Challenge Cup with Bradford before moving on for three seasons at Wigan in 2006.

He failed to win a trophy at Wigan but saved them from relegation in his first year, as well as steering the Warriors to five play-off semi-finals.

He then spent last season with Crusaders, where he arguably pulled off his greatest coaching achievement to date, steering the cash-strapped Welsh club from the bottom of Super League to the play-offs.

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