New boss Richard Agar’s “passion” for the role secured him the head coaching position at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The club have confirmed Agar – currently in charge at Hull – will join them in the off-season on a three-year deal. He will succeed John Kear – his former boss at Hull – who stepped down after last night’s final game of the season, against Bradford Bulls.
Wildcats chief executive James Elston said Agar was selected from a long-list of “seven or eight” candidates, which was then reduced to three.
He said other English coaches had been interviewed, along with Australians and New Zealanders based in this country and overseas.
“The interview we did with Richard lasted a lot longer than some of the others,” Elston said. “It was his passion for the game and for the people and the area, which was important.
“He doesn’t live that far away and he has got a good network of people within the amateur clubs.
“One of our big hopes and plans is to make sure we bring young players through and we’re getting the best young players here at the club.”
Agar spent eight years at Hull, after a spell in charge of York. He played for Featherstone Rovers, Dewsbury Rams and Widnes Vikings.
Elston said no decision has been made on the future of Kear’s assistant Paul Broadbent, or senior players including Glenn Morrison, Michael Korkidas and Kevin Henderson, who are all coming out of contract.
Agar’s current assistant at Hull James Webster is expected to follow him to Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
In a statement issued through Wildcats, Agar said: “I am really looking forward to the challenge of building a team and helping to build a club and see it progress.
“Wakefield is a club with a very rich history and a very proud heritage and I’m extremely honoured to have been offered this position.”