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Academy assistant delighted to be on board

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Leicester Tigers' new Academy assistant manager says he is excited by the challenge of helping to produce the club's next generation of stars.

Jim McKay joins manager Neil McCarthy in the Academy set-up at Oval Park, where he will focus on the backs and the skills development programme.

McKay, 42, is a former head coach at Cornish Pirates, where he won the EDF Energy Trophy, and has also coached North Walsham, Henley, Orrell, Rotherham and Redruth. He played for Australian side Randwick alongside the likes of David Campese and Eddie Jones.

Now he aims to transfer his wealth of experience to Leicester's talented youngsters.

McKay said: “The opportunity here was too good an opportunity to turn down.There are some very talented players in the Academy.

"I am excited and really looking forward to working with them. It’s going to be a challenge to see how many do get into the first team.

“Tigers have a long tradition of producing young players. The likes of Tom Croft, Dan Hipkiss and Harry Ellis have all come through recently.

“Within the group we have to make sure we produce players that are good enough to be looked on for the first team. I think that’s very exciting.”

McKay coached Academy manager McCarthy during his time at Orrell and is delighted to be linking up again with the former England international hooker.

He said: “I think we will complement each other well, he has a forward emphasis and I am more backs and skills.

“I am really looking forward to working with him.”

McKay added: “I am driven to win and to continually improve. I feel privileged to be here at the Tigers, it’s an environment which demands the best.”

The Academy team are next in action on Saturday away to Leeds Carnegie (kick-off 2pm) before they play Ospreys Under-18s at Oval Park next Wednesday (kick-off 7.15pm).