Huddersfield Giants have confirmed Simon Woolford as the club’s new head coach on a two-and-a-half year contract.
Woolford, who enjoyed a playing career in the NRL with Canberra and St George Illawarra Dragons, beat off competition from the likes of David Kidwell to get the job.
The 43-year-old has been working as the assistant coach to Newcastle head coach Nathan Brown, who previously coached the Giants and still has close connections to the club.
Woolford will arrive once his visa paperwork is completed, with the club hopeful he will arrive in time for the club’s game with Widnes on Friday.
Richard Thewlis said: “The decision on the head coach is probably the most important that the board make, and I have to say that as well as being a unanimous decision I felt it was made easier by Simon’s absolute passion, preparation and desire shown throughout our process of selection.
“He has looked in detail already at our roster, staffing structure and overall club set up and is very excited to get over here as soon as possible. We sought advice and assistance from a number of highly respected coaches and administrators in the NRL and on all fronts Simon came up as the right man for us at this important time.”
Woolford added: “It’s a great honour to be trusted in this position at such a famous club as Huddersfield. I know a lot of research went into me by the club and after doing my own research, I knew we would be a good match. I have had ambitions of being a head coach for some time now, and after speaking with Nathan Brown and gaining his full support, this job just felt right.”
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