Highlanders Preston quits his job
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Highlanders High-Performance Coach Jon Preston is leaving his role after five years with the Super Rugby franchise.
The news was announced just days after the Highlanders unveiled Canterbury provincial boss Glenn Delaney as their new defence coach for next year's Super Rugby campaign.
Preston, in addition to his high performance and skills role, has had significant coaching roles with the Highlanders Development XV, the Brisbane 10s tournament team and helping prepare the side for their historic victory against the British and Irish Lions.
Highlanders CEO Roger Clark has seen Preston develop as a coach since his arrival in 2013. "JP has grown as a coach during his time with the club; he has developed a good rapport with the players and has a very strong technical knowledge of the game.
"He has been instrumental in lifting the skill levels of the group and has been a key contributor to the way we have played the game in recent times.
"He’s decided it’s time to look for that next challenge in his career. We acknowledge the great work he has done here and wish him all the best for the future,"
Preston said he has enjoyed his time with the Highlanders,
"it’s been five memorable years with the Highlanders, with many highlights. I’ve learned a lot and enjoyed being part of the Highlanders family.
"It’s been a pleasure to work with so many quality people, see the player’s and the team’s game grow and to be part of some pretty exciting football. For me personally it is important to keep developing and while I will miss the club, I now look forward to future opportunities,"
The Highlanders will seek a replacement for Preston immediately and look to have the role filled as soon as possible.