TITLE contenders Team Northumbria bid to give coach Denise Egan the perfect Super League send-off this afternoon with an opening weekend win at fierce rivals Brunel Hurricanes.
Egan jets off to New Zealand next Saturday in her role as England’s assistant coach for the forthcoming World Championships.
But the South Shields-born schemer is confident she will leave behind a team capable of challenging Super League’s big four this season.
“I think we have recruited some fantastic new players,” she said. “The new recruits from abroad are not only good players but they’re great people.
“I’m going to miss the Loughborough game the following week because of my England commitments and it’s a tough call.
“On the one hand the fact that Team Northumbria is represented at the World Championships is great for the franchise.
“On the other hand I’m missing two Super league matches at the start of the season and that’s not ideal. But I’m confident the team I leave behind will perform perfectly well in my absence.”
Egan will hand debuts to Australian duo Elissa MacLeod and Lara McLeod plus veteran Kiwi Megan.