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Derry are in search of a new direction with vacancies

By Ronnie Ingram

Former Ireland 'A' winger Terry McMaster may have been appointed Technical Director of Coaching at City of Derry but the progressive club are also now advertising for a Player/Player Coach.

The ideal candidate will have coached at 1st XV level in the AIL or higher and will need a minimum Stage 4 IRFU Coaching Qualification or equivalent.

They will take control of coaching under McMaster, who has successively coached Ulster Under-21s and has worked wonders with Derry.

Prior to his arrival, they lost many AIL games via lax defending, conceding 215 points, but in the second half of the season only 90 points were conceded.

However, they failed to remain in 2A with results going against them on the final day of the season. Despite their bonus-point 27-12 win at Seapoint on Saturday last, UCC's unexpected draw with second-placed Blackrock and Barnhall's four late tries at Queen's relegated the Judges Road men so they will now play in Division 4 of the revamped All-Ireland League next season.

Richard McCarter will be the assistant backs coach. The Barbarian's contribution to the club at out-half over the past 10 AIL seasons has been enormous and he follows in the footsteps of his father Gerald, who coached the team to the League and Cup double in 1999.

Director of Rugby Moss Dineen feels the club needed to do something. He said: "Coaching is the key to success and if we can create a top quality coaching structure then we will attract more players who want to play rugby at the optimum of their ability.

"We are also creating a coaching succession policy that brings on our home grown coaches."

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