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Porterfield ‘excited’ by new roles

FORMER Ireland captain, William Porterfield has been appointed as assistant coach for the North West Warriors, which he will combine with his playing role. 
 
He will work alongside new head coach Gary Wilson, alongside whom he has also been appointed by Cricket Ireland in a coaching consultancy role within the national set-up.
 
Porterfield has been appointed as a Consultant Fielding Coach for Ireland. He will work across senior men’s and women’s teams, and will additionally work within the national pathway system. This new role will be combined with his playing role within the senior squad.
 
“I’m really excited about these two roles – both working within the national system and within the provincial system in the North West,” beamed the former Donemana man.
 
“I had a bit of a taste of coaching with the Birmingham Bears last year, and am looking forward to working with some of Ireland’s most talented players – being able to pass on knowledge and experience from a coach’s perspective. 
 
“It will be a bit different being a coach while still playing, but it’s going to be a great opportunity and I can’t wait to get stuck in.
 
“The fielding role with Ireland is something I’m passionate about. 
 
“I’ve prided myself on my fielding throughout my career, and tried to set high standards, so hopefully I’ll be able to help not only players from the senior men’s and women’s squads, but players from the under-age teams as well.
 
“The role, though, isn’t pigeon-holing me as just a fielding coach, I’ll certainly help out generally around the squads where I’m asked – which will give me not only direct coaching experience, but also myself being able to learn from the likes of Graham Ford, Stuart Barnes and Ben Smith, particularly on how to get things across to players.”
 
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