Widnes Vikings have announced the appointment of Chris Hamilton to head up the integrated operations of the club.
The club said of the decision:
“During the past three months, the Board has evaluated and assessed all elements of our organisation in order to align the club with the expectations of the Rugby Football League and its partner, IMG.
“We were hugely impressed with the extent of interest in the role and held discussions with an exciting range of candidates from a variety of organisations, including individuals from within rugby league, the FA and other sports. Chris Hamilton was the stand-out candidate.”
Widnes Vikings chairman Chris Price said: “We are delighted that Chris is joining us. He brings with him a wealth of club management experience and RFL operational knowledge.
“As the sport of rugby league enters a period of change due to the exciting partnership with IMG, we want to ensure that Widnes Vikings receive the highest possible grading when they are announced this year.
“We consider that Chris will be a major advantage to Widnes Vikings in achieving such grading and address areas where improvements are needed. He knows the sport, understands it as a business and is well respected within rugby league, he’ll be a great asset to us”
On his appointment, Chris Hamilton said: “I am very grateful for the opportunity chairman Chris Price and the board have given me at Widnes Vikings.
“Over the last 25 years I have gained an incredible amount of experience in so many different areas relating to rugby league, concerning both on and off the field matters and I am really looking forward to bringing that to the Vikings. I am excited by the role that has been described to me and I am very enthusiastic about getting started.
“This is a new challenge, a new chapter in my career and different responsibilities and I want to see John Kear, the squad, and the club build on the solid start they have made to the Championship season.
“I have made many friends over the last 25 years in rugby league, and I am looking forward to making even more as I throw myself into this role with Widnes Vikings.
“There are obviously a lot of things that the club want me to organise and get my teeth into, including the IMG partnership, and I’m excited to get started, meet the staff, and hopefully make a difference.”