Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have make two key appointments to replace their departed head-coach Brian Smith.
Chris Chester will take over the coaching reins immediately and John Kear will become the club’s newly appointed Head of Rugby from the 2017 season.
Wakefield Chairman Michael Carter said, “I am delighted to get Chris on board and look forward to him taking this Club forward. There were some excellent candidates who applied and I thank them all for their interest.”
Chris Chester has spoken about the appointment saying, “I am delighted to become Head Coach of Wakefield Wildcats, especially as it is my home town club and a club with a lot of traditions. I have been stood on these terraces as a young kid and I am really proud that I now get to coach this great team.”
In addition to this, the club can also announce that John Kear will be the new Head of Rugby for the 2017 season.
Michael Carter said, “Having known John for many years, it is great that John wants to join us to lead this club from the front. He will give myself and others at the club the benefits of his vast knowledge of the game, and I look forward to working side by side with John.”
John Kear said, “I am very excited and delighted to return to the Wildcats after my time at Batley, I have thoroughly enjoyed my five years at the club and intend to enjoy the remainder of my time with Batley. I am looking forward to joining the Wildcats and I will look to bring stability and improvement across the whole football department.
“I am excited to be able to work alongside Michael Carter, Chris Chester and Chris Brereton in order to progress this great club forward.”