New South Wales appoint Johnston as assistant coach

"I'm relishing the challenge and looking forward to what I suppose is a homecoming for me"

“I’m relishing the challenge and looking forward to what I suppose is a homecoming for me”

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New South Wales have appointed former Ireland all-rounder Trent Johnson as one of their new assistant coaches.

The move comes just a few days after Phil Jaques was named assistant coach as well.

Johnston, who started his career with New South Wales in 1999, retired from international cricket last December and has been coaching Ireland’s women’s team and the┬áLeinster Lightning since then.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for myself and my family and one that I simply can’t pass up,” Johnston said. “I didn’t go looking for the switch but now that’s it’s happened, I’m relishing the challenge and looking forward to what I suppose is a homecoming for me, having started my cricket career at NSW what seems like a lifetime ago.”

Cricket Ireland’s performance director,┬áRichard Holdsworth, lauded Johnston for the impact he has had with the women’s team over the last seven months.

“We are naturally very sorry to lose Trent so early in his contract with Cricket Ireland, but understand what a great opportunity this new position provides for him,” he said. “He has made a lot of progress with our women’s team in the last seven months.”

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