Preston Grasshoppers name Michael Lough as new head coach

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Preston Grasshoppers have appointed Michael Lough as their new head coach.

Lough replaces Dave Baldwin, who left Preston in June to become forwards coach at Leeds Carnegie.

Adelaide-born Lough played 175 games in eight years with the Grasshoppers and captained the side before his retirement during the 2003-04 season.

"I have only played for two clubs, Burnside in Adelaide and Preston," he said. "It's a great honour to be named head coach of the club I love."

Director of rugby Gareth Dyer told BBC Radio Lancashire: "Michael's been part of the club for many years.

"He was an excellent player for us and he's developed as a coach. We felt that this was the best way forward and he was the right man for the job."

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