NEIL Briggs is adapting to life after playing at Sale Sharks but the new academy transition coach admits he does not miss the pre-season running tests.

Briggs hung up his boots at the end of last season and is relishing his new challenge with Sharks as a coach.

He told the club's website: "It's good not doing pre-season. It's different watching the boys run around, and I do feel a bit guilty –but it soon passes.

"I've settled in well I think, you'll have to ask everyone else.

"It's been interesting to see the other side. It's been a massive learning curve for me.

"There's been a lot of stuff going on which I've not done before, in terms of behind the scenes – putting in the work before going onto the pitch.

"There is a lot of work to do before we leave the office to go outside, which I took for granted in the past and didn't realise.

"It's been interesting and enjoyable – everyone's helped me a lot.

"The supports been there to help me through it, I'm learning something new every day which is good, I'm just trying to give it my all every day."

Briggs went on to talk about the specifics of his new role and added: "I'm responsible for the Jets, who are full-time from 18 to 24 until they graduate to the first team, as well as helping out with 18s with Warren Spragg and doing a few bits with the first team.

"It's good and enjoyable. The player development side of things is the thing I enjoy most – helping the lads achieve what they want to.

"We sat down with them, and they've come up with their own goals, what they want to do and how they want to come around to doing it, and what they want from us coaches. I'm just here to facilitate that, and help them drive it forward."