The North American Rugby League (NARL) competition goes from strength-to-strength with Glenn Morrison signing on as Cleveland’s Director of Rugby League.
M0rrison, who played in 324 games across Australia and England, the former forward, has since moved into coaching and off-field roles.
Morrison is looking forward to the new challenge in America and will work towards establishing a solid base for the Cleveland side.
“It’s a great opportunity at a brand-new franchise,” Morrison said.
“The people involved at the club are very passionate about rugby league and are keen to try and grow the game in Cleveland.
“As part of my role, I’ll provide a playbook for the team and help develop the coaching staff, while also playing a greater role in developing the club in other areas off the field.”
There will be plenty of local talent playing in the NARL competition but Morrison knows finding the right imports is also key.
“As the majority of the local talent has not played rugby league before, I will rely on the imports to help develop the other players and understand the playbook,” Morrison said.
“With each team being limited to only five imports, I’m looking at bringing in experienced halves and hookers to steer the side.
“The spine are the brains of the team and touch the ball more than anyone else, so we need them to be experienced to help control our game.”
Monte Gaddis, who has pushed hard for rugby league in America and is currently Cleveland head coach, believes Morrison will be an asset to the side’s backroom.
“Since day one, I’ve loved his tenacity and passion for the game and I believe Glenn will help our club tremendously,” Gaddis said.
“Glenn’s signing made a big splash in the NARL community and showed the rest of the teams that we mean business.”