Paul Delaney says it feels brilliant to be back at the club he made more than 200 appearances for as a player, following his appointment as Assistant Coach under old team-mate Neil Kelly.
Delaney initially worked in an informal consultative role following Kelly’s appointment, and has since been confirmed as a permanent member of the coaching staff.
“It feels brilliant to be back at the club,” said Delaney.
“I’d done 15 years of coaching at amateur level and had no intention of getting back in to the game.
“But it’s my association with the club, my love for the club and my respect for Neil that has brought me back in to coaching.
“If it hadn’t been Neil, and if it hadn’t been Dewsbury, then I wouldn’t be taking it.”
Delaney played alongside Kelly before playing under him when the current Rams boss was appointed to the role of head coach, for his first spell, in 1996.
“I wished Neil all the best once he got the job and told him I’d see him at the game, and he asked me if I could take a look at some of the players, and it all stemmed from there,” Delaney explained.
“He asked me if I’d give him a hand and I jumped at the chance. I want to help the club get back on track.
“I played with Neil and he coached me, so we know each other pretty well to work together.”
Following Sunday’s narrow defeat to Oldham, and ahead of this weekend's clash with Halifax, Delaney says he is optimistic about the team’s prospects.
“We know where the team is going wrong and which areas we need to work on.
“There were some really positive signs in the first half against Oldham. The players did everything that was asked of them, but we couldn’t get back on track in the second half.
“We’re working hard to try and change things, but it’s a new structure and it will take time for the players to get used to that.
“We’re optimistic about the weeks and months ahead.”
Updated 21:18 - 5 May 2017 by Paul Hardy