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Tony makes Rovers return!

Tony Carss returns to the club as Head of Academy Coachi

14 August 2017

Rovers are delighted to welcome Tony Carss back to the club as the Academy’s new Head of Coaching.

Carss started his career with Rovers, signing his first professional contract ahead of the historic 1994-95 Premiership title-winning season at the age of 18.

He went on to play for Darlington, Cardiff City, Chesterfield, Carlisle United, Oldham Athletic and Huddersfield Town, winning the Third Division play-offs in 2004.

Forced to retire early through injury at the age of 30, Carss joined the technical staff setup at Huddersfield’s Academy in 2007 as a part-time coach, before working his way up to become Lead Professional Development Coach in the summer of 2014, taking full-time charge of the club’s Under-18s.

He became Huddersfield’s Head of Coaching in January 2017 and is now delighted to return to Rovers in a similar role.

“It’s been a while, but it’s great to come back,” said the 41-year-old. “Driving down to the Academy, I got that feeling again which reminded me of what it was like in 1994-95, which was obviously a great season for the club.

“The facilities and the reputation the Academy has here of getting young players through is something I’m excited by and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“My time at Huddersfield was great for my development and hopefully I can pass on the experiences that I’ve had to the coaches and players here moving forward. It’s been a good journey so far and it’s the start of a new one.”     

Rovers’ Head of Academy Stuart Jones added: “Tony will play a massive part in relation to the coach and player development process.

“He will bring a vast amount of experience, having been Head of Coaching at Huddersfield. He will come in from a footballing perspective and will work with myself in terms of developing our coaches, looking at our coaching programme and making sure that we’re developing our players.

“We’re going to work hard over the coming months to have a link with the first team in ensuring that the key principles that are implemented up at the Senior Training Centre are continuing right through the Academy and he will have a big part to play in that.” 


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