Trick calls time as Kirton chief
EDDIE Trick is stepping down from his role as director of rugby at Crediton, after revealing he needs to take a break from coaching.
Trick – who will remain on the club committee – became a coach in 1988 having already spent 15 years at Blagdon as a player before a badly broken leg against Exeter Saracens ultimately spelled the end of his playing days.
The former centre and fly-half will still help with occasional coaching sessions while Brian Sherrell will take over the helm, with Phil Bye as his No.2.
Trick revealed he had made the decision at the start of last season, but had wanted to ensure his successor was in place before moving on.
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"I needed to step back from rugby and recharge my batteries, as well as doing a few other things in life," said Trick. "I told (chairman) Rog Holloway back in October that this was probably going to be my last season because I have been involved with the club for about 20 years.
"I did it also because I knew Brian Sherrell was staying on and I managed to get Phil Bye on board, who is very good, so the future of the club is secure.
"Nothing was said to the players until January or February-time because I wanted to make sure that everything was in place.
"For a lot of the guys, I have been coaching them since the colts, so I think they need a change of voice in their ears, plus my motivation is not quite what it was when I started the job.
"I have coached Eddie Yeandle for years and when he decided to retire, I thought to myself it must be time to step down too."
Also ending his regular role at Blagdon this summer is experienced player-coach Wayne Reed.
The former Exeter Chief – who may still appear in the odd game for Kirton – was forced to miss a chunk of last season after aggravating an old facial injury against Totnes in January.
Like Trick, Reed will also still help with occasional coaching sessions, with the former admitting that watching youngsters develop at the club was among the best parts of the job.
"I have lots of great memories. We have had some great players come through the club and go on to play at a higher level and I have also made some great friends too," Trick said.
"It is a huge commitment though, being involved with a rugby club like that. I don't think people realise the amount of travelling that goes into it, especially in our league.
"The main thing has been instilling a love for the game in people, and that includes second and third team players, not just ones who go on to play in the Premiership."