EBBW Vale stalwart Dan Haymond is staying at Eugene Cross Park as team manager.

The 33-year-old spent 11 campaigns with the Steelmen, passing a double century of appearances for the club before retiring at the end of last season.

The fly-half/full-back helped Ebbw win a Division One East title, a pair of Championship crowns and scored the last try in the famous Premiership grand final win against Pontypridd at Sardis Road in 2016.

Haymond will be staying with the Premiership club as part of Jason Strange's backroom team, supported in the role of team manager by long-serving team administrator Doug Taylor.

"When I knew it was time to hang my boots up it wasn't a decision I wanted to make, so when Jason told me he still wanted me involved with the club and offered me the team manager's role it was a no-brainer for me," he said.

"It will be a strange feeling and it is going to take a bit of time for me to get used to the role but I will give it 100 per cent and do my best for the boys and club.

"I am hoping, having played under Jason for so long and played alongside the boys, that I can be a good link between the both and can't wait to get stuck in."

STAYING: Dan Haymond will be Ebbw team manager

STAYING: Dan Haymond will be Ebbw team manager

Chairman Jon Jones is pleased that the stalwart will stay involved with the Steelmen.

"When Dan discussed his retirement with Jason and myself, both of us agreed that we wanted to keep Dan involved at the club and the vacant team manager's role was an ideal opportunity," he said.

"Dan epitomises what has been good about the club over the last 10 years, pride in the badge, skill, heart and honesty.

"Good people create good environments and we are confident that Dan will continue to play a major part in driving a culture of hard work leading to success."