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Cricket: Johnston excited about YMCA coaching role

Former Ireland captain Trent Johnston will make his first foray into coaching as the new head coach of YMCA.

Johnston (37) announced earlier this week that he has severed ties with his adopted club Railway Union and will take the reins at the Sandymount club from next Tuesday.

"I was offered the head coach position at YMCA and I jumped at the chance," said Johnston, who recently edged his way into the top 20 in the world T20 bowler rankings.

"I had five very successful years at Railway, I think we won six trophies in that time and I wish them the best. But I have a new challenge now at YMCA and I can't wait to get my teeth into it.

"I always wanted to get involved in coaching after I finished playing, so when they approached me and we sat down and had the conversation I jumped at the chance. It is a win-win situation."

Johnston admitted that he would love to take charge of the Irish side some day.

"I suppose the Irish job would interest me in the future. Simmo (Phil Simmons) is doing a great job so I certainly don't want to tread on his toes. Every little bit of experience I can pick up will help me develop.

"Anyway it is probably not the right thing to do to go straight into the Irish set-up after playing. I need to go and make my mistakes elsewhere and learn the trade. But Ireland has been very good to me and I'd certainly love to give something back."

Irish Independent