Leeds welcome Lions legend McGeechan

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James Mortimer     25 Jul 2012     Getty Images

McGeechan left Bath at the end of last season, a post as Director where the Lions legend couldn't pass on his magic touch, with the English club where Stephen Donald plays struggling, but Leeds have given McGeechan another rugby opportunity.

Still to decide and confirm his role for the British and Irish Lions tour in 2013, McGeechan, who used to play for local team Headingley RFC, will work alongside Leeds director of rugby Chris Gibson and head coach Diccon Edwards.

"I am delighted to have this opportunity to come back to where it all started for me and give something back to my club," McGeechan said.

"I want to do everything I can to help develop the strong base there is already established here so that Yorkshire talent continues to be given an opportunity to shine at Leeds Carnegie.

"I have been involved with setting up and developing a number of academies in my career and as an ex-School master I know the potential of youth within the best possible structure. An important part of my role will be to build relationships with businesses, sponsors and clubs across Yorkshire to create ultimately a sustainable base to build professional rugby here in Yorkshire. The role of executive chairman is a new role for me but one that I am very excited about. I am keen to support the club in any way I can.

"I was fortunate in my early Headingley days to be guided by older, wiser players who helped shape me as an individual and now all these years on, things have come full circle and I have the opportunity to do exactly the same."

McGeechan played 32 tests for Scotland and eight for the Lions, but it was in coaching where he made his name.

In 1986, McGeechan became the assistant Scotland coach and in 1988 he was promoted to the head post. In 1990, his team won a Grand Slam victory in the Five Nations Championship.

McGeechan is the most decorated coach in Lions history, being the Head Coach in 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2009.

In 2005, he coached the midweek side on the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand on the invitation of Sir Clive Woodward, and is said to be in the frame for a role next year.