Wakefield Wildcats: Combined playing and coaching role for Gilmour

Lee Gilmour making a tackle.

Lee Gilmour making a tackle.

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NEW ASSISTANT-COACH Lee Gilmour will take part in Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ pre-season training, but plans to play next year only if needed.

Gilmour, who was on loan from Castleford Tigers, has now signed for Wildcats on a contract lasting until the end of 2016.

He will officially join team boss James Webster and academy coach Stuart Dickens on the backroom staff, but the 36-year-old centre/back-rower said: “There’s the possibility of playing as well, in the first year.

“We will see how things go. We haven’t quite worked out how the role will be, but we will play that how it comes.”

Gilmour, who has also played for Wigan Warriors, Bradford Bulls, St Helens, Huddersfield Giants and Great Britain, missed much of this year due to shoulder and knee injuries, but feels he still has something to offer as a player, though his long-term future is now in a coaching role.

He said: “At one point I spoke to James and he thought he might need me to play 10 or 15 games. A lot of it will probably depend on the squad and when it’s all done and dusted we will probably have a look at the roster and see how much training I need to do, but I will be doing a decent proportion of the pre-season to be in shape for the start of the year.

“I coached Shaw Cross, my local amateur club, for about seven years and as a player I’ve been under some quality coaches, Nathan Brown and Daniel Anderson in particular. I think I have learned a lot and hopefully I can pass that on.”

Of Wildcats’ prospects for 2015, Gilmour, who will play in Sunday’s derby at Castleford, said: “I think things are looking good. With myself, Webbo and Stu all having played in different positions, it gives us a good perspective.

“I am pretty excited about next year and hopefully we can push into the top-eight.”

Webster reckons Gilmour will be a key addition to Wildcats’ coaching ranks. He said: “I have been really pleased with what Lee has offered us. His insight into the game has been really good.

“His depth of knowledge and the ideas he has are fantastic. He has been taught be some great players and coaches. I think you’d find it hard to find a more experienced player still playing the game.”

Webster added: “Stu has done a really good job for us this year and I wanted somebody who can work with the academy with Stu as well as the first team. Lee is coming as a coach first and should he ever want to play he’ll be able to, but I wouldn’t expect him to play too often.”

Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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