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New management appointed for Team England ahead of World Lure Championships


Steve Collett

The Angling Trust has announced the appointment of Steve Collett as the new Team England Lure Manager. Eric Edwards has taken the position as assistant manager and the duo will take up their new posts with immediate effect.

Steve Collett is a serial winner and has a phenomenal track record in competitions and will bring fresh ideas and instill a winning mentality in the team.

Steve said: “We start today with a clean sheet and are looking to build the sport of lure fishing long term. Lure fishing is growing rapidly in the UK and it is only right that we, as a nation, should have an ambition. It’s no secret that I like winning and we will now be developing a side that can compete at the highest level on the International competition stage.”

Steve has won significant titles in coarse, sea and fly fishing as well as being twice national champion in lure fishing.“I am working with my assistant, Eric Edwards, on a long term plan to develop the England Lure Team into a world class outfit. No one is a given on the team sheet. All anglers will need to prove their ability and competitive worth. Only then can we start forming a squad and taking this to the next level.”

Ben Thompson, Competitions and Performance Manager at the Angling Trust said: “We are delighted to be able to appoint Steve and Eric in their new roles. Steve is a phenomenal competitor and has experience at the highest level. Eric is vastly experienced, knows a huge amount about lure fishing at the elite level and has an incredible eye for detail. Both guys are highly skilled in their field, are hugely respected by their peers and we believe their skill sets will complement each other well.”

Steve and Eric will begin planning for the FIPS-ed Carnivorous Artificial Bait Boat Angling Championships to be held on Rutland Water in October 2018 as England go in search of their maiden win in the World Championships.

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