Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have unveiled a new-look coaching structure following the resignation of Brian Smith – with Chris Chester confirmed as the club’s new head coach.
Chester will join up with his hometown club immediately on an 18-month contract – with current Batley coach John Kear joining him as Head of Rugby from the start of next season.
The two will work in tandem in what chairman Michael Carter told TotalRL.com described as a “partnership”, and one he’s excited to see work together.
On Kear, Carter stressed that the Bulldogs coach was “adamant” he would see out his commitments with the Championship side before any move.
“He was adamant that he would finish the commitment he made to Batley,” Carter said.
“He was certain he couldn’t walk out on Batley but I’m sure during the course of the season, Chris will be asking for advice from John.”
On Chester, Carter said: “You look at how Hull KR went last year; they had a really good cup run and yes, although they ended up in the Qualifiers, they breezed it and they were comfortable without their biggest player in Terry Campese.
“He’s a local lad, we’re trying to put some local roots in place at the club, because that’s important – and John has Wakefield in his blood, too.”
The identity of Chester’s assistants is also yet to become clear, but on the appointment, he said: “I am delighted to become Head Coach of Wakefield Wildcats, especially as it is my hometown 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.”