Wakefield captain Danny Kirmond has paid tribute to outgoing coach Richard Agar, who he credited for his development as a player.
Agar stood down from his role at the West Yorkshire club yesterday, 24 hours after losing to relegation rivals Bradford, but insisted results were not to blame.
Kirmond, who claimed to have “mixed emotions”, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We really feel we have built something over the last few years and Rich was a main part of that.
“He has done a lot for the players – he took me from someone who was not playing to captain of my hometown team and I respect him for that. He has his reasons for leaving and we respect that. Everyone’s a bit gutted, but we have to move on, work hard for James Webster and pick some wins up.
“Rich is one of the best coaches I have worked under, but James is a smart guy, he has worked under Rich for a long time and he’s going to bring his own ideas, which hopefully will pick us up a bit. It is mainly down to us, we have not been performing up to standard.”