James Webster named new Featherstone Head Coach

James Messenger

Former Hull KR Head Coach James Webster has been named as the new Head Coach of Featherstone.

Webster joins Rovers on a two-year deal having acted as assistant to Tim Sheens and Tony Smith at the Robins over the last three seasons.

He had previously been interim Head Coach of Hull KR in 2016 following the departure of Chris Chester.

The 40-year old is no stranger to British Rugby League having spent most of his playing career in the country. He joined Hull KR as a player in 2005 before joining Widnes Vikings in 2009 after a brief one game stop at Hull FC.

Following his playing career, Webster moved into coaching, joining up with Hull FC as part of Richard Agar’s staff in 2010.

On the announcement, Webster said: “I am really honoured and excited to become Head Coach of such a progressive club as Featherstone.

“I have always enjoyed going to Post Office Road as an opposing player or coach and can’t wait to sample the atmosphere on the other side of the fence.

“Obviously the playoff series was extremely exciting for all involved. I thought the level of away support was fantastic and shows the passion within the club. I can’t wait to get back into pre-season.”

Rovers Chairman Mark Campbell added: “We welcome James to the club as the new head coach and we are extremely fortunate that James has become available at just the right time.

“I have followed James coaching career for a number of years and the experience he has both in Championship and Super League plus all his contacts both here and over in Australia will prove invaluable.”

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