On the finish of the 2019 season, Danny Ward was considered one the brightest younger coaches in British rugby league.
He had engineered 10 Tremendous League wins from his London Broncos facet who suffered a heartbreaking relegation on the ultimate day.
Ward’s spectacular work on the Broncos noticed him and Ian Watson function Wayne Bennett’s assistants on Nice Britain’s ill-fated tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Simply over two years on and the gregarious Yorkshireman is looking for a route again into teaching after leaving London halfway by final season.
The previous Leeds Rhinos prop was because of depart the Broncos on the finish of the 2021 marketing campaign as they started to chop prices and go part-time.
But Ward stays formidable and eager to show his price once more in league or union.
“I spoke to a few rugby league golf equipment final 12 months on the again finish of the season, however nothing fairly materialised,” the 41-year-old advised Leeds Stay.
“It was the identical in rugby union, I had a few conversations however there was no dead-set supply for me to get my tooth into.
“You don’t wish to simply leap into the very first thing that comes alongside, however on the similar time you wish to be again working, so it’s a really exhausting stability mentally.
“I’m very keen about rugby and training and I wish to get again in someplace in a job I may be keen about it and absolutely dedicated to when it arises.
“I wish to love the job that I’m in and provides my every part to it.”
Within the interim interval, Ward has stored himself busy.
A hip alternative, being a dad and visiting completely different rugby golf equipment has seen to that.
“I’m utilizing the time to go spherical and develop myself as a coach,” he defined.
“I’ve visited union and league golf equipment and finished bits of teaching children stuff in faculties too.
“I did a Stage 3 qualification in schooling and educating as a result of teaching and educating goes hand in hand.
“I’m attempting to develop myself, however on the similar time make connections and study from different folks and coaches.
“Having a hip alternative grew to become a little bit of a precedence after I left the Broncos.
“My missus stated ‘as a substitute of hobbling about in ache, you should get your hip sorted’ so she packed me off to the docs.
“It turned out I wanted a full hip alternative, so I obtained that finished in December and it feels nice.
“I really feel like I may get again enjoying, which could must be an choice if no jobs come up!
“However all joking apart, it has improved my life a lot and I’m able to see the place that subsequent alternative is.”
In the beginning of final month, Ward spent two days with the Leeds Rhinos squad throughout pre-season coaching, reuniting him with previous mates and team-mates.
Ward, Darren Fleary and Colin Maskill joined Richard Agar’s troops on a stroll at Malham Cove within the Yorkshire Dales.
“Every time I’m going and spend time with golf equipment, it’s all about seeing their elite environments and selecting up issues off coaches and what the gamers do,” defined Ward.
“Jonesy (Jamie Jones-Buchanan) and Chev (Walker) are at Leeds and Wealthy is a massively skilled coach who I’ve obtained loads of respect for.
“It’s improbable to see how Leeds Rhinos have a good time their historical past and their heritage and ingrain that throughout the enjoying squad.
“The primary day I spent with Leeds was a typical, full-on rugby day coaching.
“The following day we had a stroll up within the Yorkshire Dales as a little bit of a team-building train with different ex-players resembling Darren Fleary and Colin Maskill.
“I performed with Daz when he was coming by the ranks at Headingley and he was a large affect on me.
“To have the ability to spend time with him once more, and the likes of Chev and Jonesy, was improbable.
“Being round that Leeds squad was thrilling. That younger group they have coming by is thrilling as a result of you may see their high quality.
“You’ve obtained the likes of Mikolaj Oledzki, who’s already established within the first-team, Jack Walker, Cam Smith after which the likes of Jarrod O’Connor and Morgan Gannon.
“I can hold naming names and it jogs my memory of once we had been all coming by collectively at Leeds as a crop of kids.
“They have expertise within the likes of Matt Prior and within the two new halves, so total they have a great combine.
“I’m certain they are going to actually be up there difficult this season.”
Ward and his household are fortunately settled within the south-east of England, therefore his curiosity in doubtlessly following an infinite listing of ex-league males and training in rugby union.
He added: “I’ve visited London Irish a few instances and spent a day at Saracens because of a few connections with their coaches.
“I’m actually grateful for that and it’s all about getting out and about the place you may while additionally juggling that with being a dad.
“Rob Powell is the coach at Richmond, which is on my doorstep, and I converse to him repeatedly as nicely.”
Ward can be because of go to formidable Premiership outfit Sale Sharks, the place his former Broncos assistant Jamie Langley now serves as a Peak Efficiency Coach.
He additionally met Anthony Seibold, who like Ward performed for Hull KR and London and now serves on Eddie Jones’ England rugby union workers.
Ward stated: “I’m wanting ahead to seeing Langers once more as a result of it’s been some time, and the setting at Sale.
“I had a espresso with Anthony earlier than Christmas, we chatted in regards to the crossover between league and union and what may be transferred over between the 2 codes.
“He appears to be having fun with himself with Eddie Jones in what’s a improbable set-up.
“Worldwide rugby is clearly the top of the sport and for Anthony to check himself in one other code is a good problem.”
Want burns inside Ward to tackle his subsequent problem.
He added: “It’s about attempting to get my foot within the door someplace and displaying what I can do in the fitting setting.”