North Wales Crusaders coach Mike Grady has left the club after a disappointing start to the season.

Grady took charge of the Wrexham-based side at the end of the 2016 season, leading them to the league cup final in 2017 where they suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Barrow Raiders.

Much was expected of the Cru this term after the club recruited heavily in the off-season in a bid to secure a League One play-off spot.

But after failing to win any of their three opening league games and a heavy 66-6 Challenge Cup fourth round defeat against Featherstone, club officials have now confirmed Grady's departure.

A club statement said: "Following a discussion with Mike surrounding a number of issues, the club has made a decision to go in a different direction.

"Everyone at North Wales Crusaders would like to wish Mike the very best for the future, and thank him for his efforts whilst in charge."

Speaking about the decision, Crusaders CEO Andy Moulsdale said: “After talks with Mike yesterday, it was agreed that we would go our separate ways.

“I’d like to thank Mike for his enthusiasm for the job over the last 18 months.

“Getting to the league cup final last year was a good achievement. However, league form at the back end of last season was inconsistent, and with a slow start this season we felt that we had to talk to Mike.

“Having done so it was agreed to part ways and I wish him the very best for the future.”

Assistant coach Jonny Leather will remain at the club.