Annadale have made one of the big moves of the summer already with Irish international Peter Caruth returning to the club as player/coach for next season.
He comes back to his home club after a four year absence – playing a year at Braxgata in Belgium and then three seasons with Monkstown – and takes over the head coach’s role with primary responsibility for the first eleven and academy squads duties.He takes over from Andy Smyth who moves up to Director of Coaching to oversee the development of coaching across the whole club.
Alongside this role, Caruth will also be the new Outreach Manager for Annadale and will continue to implement the Sporting Ambassadors programme that the club ran in eight Belfast schools last year.
Speaking about Caruth’s return, club chairman John Stephens: “For the club, the appointment of Peter reinforces the fact that although the first eleven suffered relegation last season, the commitment from the current players, management staff and committee is to make the whole club stronger both on and off the pitch.
“This is the first phase in this strengthening process with many more announcements to come.”
Caruth said of the new role: “From my side, it is great to be back playing at Annadale, the team I started out with.
“However, it’s even better being able to come back and coach this side. That is something special. Myself and other coaching staff are currently working on plans for pre-season along with a new structure and fresh ideas that will propel us back into the IHL and challenging for trophies in the years to come.”
Smyth, meanwhile, added: “From a player and coaching perspective, this is a great development for the club. Peter has a very strong coaching and support team around him and he brings with him a wealth of international playing experience and has experienced coaching styles from all over the world.
“He is determined to show that, with top level training and preparation, players can continue to get selected for the national team outside of the IHL structure. The appointment comes after discussions with Craig Fulton, the national coach, and is a very positive statement for our younger players who have ambitions to represent their country in the coming years.”