Hull KR have appointed Australian Craig Sandercock as the club’s new Head Coach.
The 42-year-old Australian has penned a two-year deal with the Robins with the option of a third year.
Hull KR stated that they had several high-calibre candidates and all of them were put through an extensive interview procedure.
Sandercock has been the assistant coach to Rick Stone at Newcastle Knights for the past two years, but will now head to Hull to lead the Robins in the 2012 season.
Rovers’ CEO Mike Smith stated “We said all along that we wanted to take our time and make sure that we made the right appointment and I think we’ve done that.
“The interview procedure was incredibly thorough, which it needed to be, as we wanted to bring in the right man to take Hull Kingston Rovers forward. We spoke with several top-quality candidates and Craig was the outstanding one.
“He has an excellent reputation within the NRL and was highly recommended by everyone we spoke to about him. Craig has also shown during his time with Manly and Newcastle that he has a special talent for developing young players and that was a key element for us.
“He’s really excited about coming to Hull Kingston Rovers and can’t wait to get started.”
Commenting on the deal, Sandercock said “I am really excited about coming to Hull KR and coaching in the Super League. The rich history of the club, the professional way in which it’s administered, the passionate supporters and, most importantly, the prospect of coaching a talented group of players, greatly appeals to me.”
Craig is no stranger to the UK as he enjoyed a stint playing for the London Broncos back in 1997.
He joined Newcastle in 2010 and Head Coach Rick Stone believes Sandercock is a terrific appointment for the Robins:
“Craig is an outstanding, young, forward thinking coach who has impressed everyone at the Knights with his work ethic, report and structure building.
“His unique coaching style and ability to work in a group environment makes him a great choice for Hull KR. His individual one-on-one coaching with emerging star Aku Uate has set new standards in knowing your players and how to get your message across simply and efficiently.
“Craig has both a great knowledge and thirst for knowledge of our game and after eight years with Manly Sea Eagles and two years at the Newcastle Knights is ready to take the next step in his coaching career. We at the Knights wish him well and have no doubt he will be an absolute success in his new role.”