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Wakefield announce new head coach

Wakefield Trinity have announced Willie Poching as their new head coach.

Poching had helped guide Wakefield to five wins in their last seven games after taking the reins from the sacked Chris Chester.

In fact, Poching won more matches in his short spell as interim head coach than Chester had done for the majority of the season he was in charge.

The New Zealander made his name as a forward for Leeds Rhinos and Trinity in Super League, but has been waiting patiently in the wings for a head coaching role after a period at Hull KR too.

Speaking about becoming Head Coach of Trinity, Poching said: “I’m extremely proud to sit in this seat and be the head coach of this team.

“It’s the Club of the city that I’ve lived in and have done for a long time, with such an illustrious history, a fantastic board and support crew.

“There has been a lot of success at this Club, but not for a little while and to be able to lead that now and try to chase that, is a challenge that I’m ready for. I’m extremely pleased and deeply honoured.”

Wakefield Trinity CEO Michael Carter is delighted to appoint Poching as Head Coach and added: “It’s with great delight that, after a very thorough process over the last seven weeks, the Club can announce the new head coach is Willie Poching.

“Willie has shown to myself and the board how thorough he can be as a head coach, how he can get his message across to the playing group, and I think that has shown in our performances over the last seven weeks.

“Since Willie got the role on an interim basis, he has responded to that in a magnificent manner. He has done a long apprenticeship as an assistant coach and is a very thorough man with how he goes about his business. It was a culmination of factors when appointing the head coach and for the board, it was a unanimous decision to appoint Willie.”

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