Cardiff Blues backs and attacks coach Matt Sherratt will depart the club at the end of the season, heading West to take up a similar role with the Ospreys.
Sherratt joined the club at the start of the 2016/17 season, having followed Danny Wilson over the Severn Bridge from Bristol RFC. The former teacher has been a professional rugby coach for over a decade now, and helped the West Country side to promotion from the Championship in his time there.
In the 50 league and European games he has been part of the coaching staff at Cardiff Blues for, we have scored 1,110 points at a rate of 22.2 points per game. Wales’ Capital Region are currently the 8th top scorers in the Pro14 this season, down on 7th at the end of the last campaign.
He has also had two stints coaching with the national team in his time at the Arms Park, joining Rob Howley’s staff during the 2016 Autumn Internationals, before touring the Pacific as part of Robin McBryde’s coaching team last summer.
Sherratt, known as Jockey, will now link up with the Ospreys, joining Danny Wilson in leaving the club at the end of the season. Current Ospreys attack coach Gruff Rees has already announced he is departing, with his destination yet to be confirmed.
Since Sherratt has signed with the Ospreys, head coach Steve Tandy has been relieved of his duties with Allen Clarke placed in temporary charge, meaning the attack coach will take up his role working under someone who did not recruit him.
Speaking to the Ospreys website, Jockey said, “the opportunity to join the Ospreys was really appealing to me and I’m looking forward to a new challenge at such a fantastic region.
“There’s a great deal of potential in the squad, with a good combination of experience and youth and some new faces coming in to improve and add competition in the squad. The prospect of working with these players and a great staff is one I’m really excited about.
“I was really sold on the ambition of the region and with hard work and a fresh outlook I feel I can help realise that ambition. In the meantime my focus is firmly with the Cardiff Blues and finishing this season strongly.”
On the flip side, Matt Sherratt joining the Ospreys means Cardiff Blues currently have no announced contracted coaches for next season.
Commenting on that, Chief Executive Richard Holland told the Cardiff Blues official website, “We would like to thank Jockey for everything he has done at Cardiff Blues and wish him all the very best for the future.
“While Matt will be missed at Cardiff Arms Park, his departure enables our incoming head coach to pick his own support team, which is both beneficial and exciting.”
All we need now is a new head coach!!