Northampton Saints have announced the addition of Jon Curry to the club’s Academy coaching staff.
He arrives at Franklin’s Gardens with a pedigree of having helped shape the careers of some of England’s top players. As head of Leicester’s player development centre in Norfolk, Curry nurtured England duo Ben and Tom Youngs and at one stage under his tenure around 40 percent of the Tigers’ Academy had come from the county, something unprecedented for what is historically a small rugby region.
Curry also led North Walsham RFC in the national leagues for seven years as director of rugby – in which time the club was the highest-ranked non-paying team in the country – before heading to Spain. There he spent the last four years, initially working with the national team and latterly with Seville club Cajasol Ciencias.
Although he enjoyed his time in Spain Curry says that the offer to return to England and join Dusty Hare, Alan Dickens, Mark Hopley and Ross Stewart in helping to bring through the next generation of Saints players was too good to turn down.
“The offer was something I couldn’t refuse,” he commented. “I’m excited by the prospect of working with Dusty again, and the rest of the coaches at Franklin’s Gardens. I had a great time in Spain, but Northampton Saints is one of the top clubs in Europe and Franklin’s Gardens is a great place to be at the moment.
“I enjoy bringing through young players and like Dusty, Alan, Mark and Ross take pride in seeing them develop through the system. I’m determined to help the Academy continue to produce talented players for the Saints first team and to expand our work in the East Midlands and Eastern Counties.”
Curry will be working throughout the Saints Academy system and Hare says that his experience and ability will add a great deal to the coaching staff.
“I worked for a long time with Jon in my time at Leicester, so I know first hand what he will bring to our Academy coaching staff,” said the Saints’ recruitment and development manager. “All you have to do is see the calibre of player Jon helped to bring through to know his ability to spot talent. He also knows what it takes to give young players the direction they need to succeed, and is an excellent addition to the Saints’ Academy staff.”