Bury St Edmunds RUFC are looking forward to the skills and knowledge rugby legend Kevin Maggs will bring to the club as they prepare to tackle pre-season training.
The Wolfpack announced last week that Maggs, who was capped by Ireland 70 times, would be joining as Pro-am Rugby Director on a part-time basis.
And it seems the Irishman, nicknamed Maggsy, will be getting stuck in, with the team’s pre-season training due to begin next week.
Maggs, who also works for the IRFU as part of its new IQ programme as a regional talent coach, will be meeting the first team on June 8.
Terry Sands, performance director, said: “We have a five-year plan to get us to the Championship and we think he will be able to help with this.
“There’s no-one better, he has incredible experience and understands the level of players, training and funding.
“We’re really excited to have him on board, he’s going to offer a lot of advice.
“We’re starting our pre-season early this year, from next week, and Kevin will join us as soon as he’s finished with the Ireland squad.
“He’ll spend a few hours a week with us and will work with our new head coach Jon Clarke to boost the team.
“We’re aiming for a top four finish.”
Sands emphasised that the team were still developing.
“We’ve just brought in a lot of new staff, including an academy manager, and signed a few new players”, he said.
“There’s a lot of change and it takes a bit of time to consolidate that. Everyone needs time to get to know each other and learn how to work best together, including Maggsy.”
Maggs said: “I am delighted by my new role.
“I will give my full support to fulfil the clubs ambitions moving forward.
“It’s a club with great facilities and huge potential and I look forward to working with Jon and the team on their continued journey.”
As well as representing his country, Maggs played for Premiership clubs Bristol and Bath and provincial side Ulster.
He joins Bury from Birmingham Moseley, where he held a number of positions.