Corinthian club president, Sean Murtagh, added “The next season promises to be an exciting one for Corinthian. We are fortunate to have a rich vein of talent coming through our junior ranks. The integration of these players into our senior set up will be vital to the future success of Corinthians in competing at Irish Hockey League level. Andrew’s leadership, coaching and playing experiences will be crucial in achieving this.”
Cronje was a key component in the club’s rise to an IHL placing and the Mills Cup since arriving mid-season and will now become player-coach with Peter Darley staying on as his assistant. Charlie Lyons, fitness coach Marc Smith and physical therapist Mike Carswell complete the club’s management ticket.
Commenting on Cronje’s appointment, Darley said, “it’s fantastic to have someone of Andrew’s calibre taking charge of such an exciting season. While we are sorry to see John leave, he goes with our best wishes for the future and he leaves behind a squad of players that have benefited from his hard work and infectious enthusiasm. We’re all really looking forward to the IHL and to the further developments in the squad that Andrew will bring as coach.”