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Darrell settling in caught up with Darrell Coyles who is getting used to life as the Bannsiders’ new kitman…

The Coleraine native, 30, takes over from long-standing kitman Trevor Moffatt who retired after the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season.

Darrell has been thrown into the deep end as he was on plane for the European fixture in Slovenia, as well as getting the players ready for the start of the Danske Bank Premiership.

So, let’s get to read more about the new face in the Coleraine dugout.

Q1. Darrell, tell us more about yourself? Have you always been into football? Is this your first venture into the world of a kitman?

I have been playing competitive sport all of my life and played football for Ballymoney for many years up until I suffered a recurring hip/knee injury, that’s when I unfortunately decided enough was enough, and through Ollie with the U20’s I got into the coaching. I had just completed a full season coaching up until lockdown but I am still with the under 20’s.

It was through the unprecedented times that Oran needed someone in with the first team to replace Trevor. He asked me and I was happy to begin my new role.

Q2. You have covered the European games and the start of the new campaign…how do you think you have settled in?

Yes, what a time to come in! I think I had a couple of weeks to process everything, meet the lads and put my stamp into the new role. The lads welcomed me with open arms and have been fantastic ever sense. Now, there was an initiation in Slovenia which I would rather forget!

I have settled in well and I think I have the game routine sorted now but if I’m doing something wrong I’m sure one of the lads let’s me know.

Q3. You are replacing the legendary Trevor Moffatt…has he passed on any advice?

Trevor has left a massive legacy behind, thankfully he has provided me with some of the tricks of the trade. Tommy and Willie have been an excellent help too and can’t do enough for me!

Q4. Have there been any weird requests by the players during your short time in the role?

There have been many requests from moisturiser to dioralyte – but I won’t mention any names.

Q5. Talk us through your routine leading up to a game?

My routine maybe begins a couple of days pre game. I ensure everything is in place for the game and I have all of my bits and pieces.

I’m in regular contact with the lads ensuring everything is ready to go.

For home games I’m down early to welcome the boys, place kit out and ensure they’re game ready regarding hydration & mentality.