John Bastian is “significant coup” for Hull KR

Hull KR have confirmed the appointment of John Bastian as Head of Youth for next season.

Bastian will move to the KCOM Craven Park from Bradford in time for the 2020 campaign to head up the youth systems at Hull KR, following the disbanding of the City of Hull Academy partnership with Hull FC.

Owner Neil Hudgell said: “John’s appointment as head of youth is a significant coup for us.

“We are a community-centric club and we intend to build again on those local foundations. John’s track record at Leeds, Warrington and most recently Bradford is second to none in bringing youth through.

“I envisage that at the heart of a successful Hull KR in the future will be a core of locally-produced players. I know our fans will get behind us as we focus much of our investment on and off the field in this area over the next few years.”

Bastian has built a reputation for player development at Leeds, Warrington and Featherstone.

He said: “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to be Head of Youth at Hull KR, a huge club with a great fan base.

“Producing homegrown players and watching them progress to first grade at Hull KR is something we all want to happen, and the Club and Staff are committed to making this happen.”