Manchester Giants have appointed Wales head coach James Bamfield as Danny Byrne’s assistant.

The former Kings Lynn coach, who was also head coach at the College of West Anglia and Northampton University, has been in charge of the Welsh national team since 2016.

He joins the Giants for the 2019/20, with a focus on scouting and video analysis as well as coaching.

He said: “I’ve been away from elite club basketball since coaching in D1 in 2009 and so have been looking for the right opportunity to get involved at BBL level.

“I wanted something that would facilitate me continuing with the Wales senior men as I’m ever so proud of the work we are doing, so when Danny contacted me to see if I would be interested, I had to give it some serious thought.

“I consider Manchester Giants a household name in UK basketball. I still have great memories of being with the Jets visiting the Nynex Arena in the 90s, even if I was stuck on the end of the bench!

“I have spoken with Danny over the years and he has always come across as a really good guy in UK basketball.

“I have been really impressed with his ability to recruit well and to create a strong culture amongst the squad. I think everyone within the Giants organisation is focused on making the play-offs this season and I hope I can contribute to their journey.”

Bamfield arrives at the club with a sound pedigree and and appetite to add more strings to his bow.

“I’m going to be focusing on advanced scouting and video feedback as well as hopefully giving Danny a sounding board for ideas and another set of eyes on game day,” he added.

“I’m currently undertaking my Masters in Performance Coaching and FIBA European Coaching Certificate, so I hope this year will give me more opportunities to learn and develop my coaching practice.

“I’m also excited to get to know the athletes and everyone involved in the Giants organisation and hope to make some more great basketball friends!”

Byrne said: “It’s great to bring James in, who has a wealth of coaching experience and I feel he could really contribute to what we are trying to achieve this season.”