Wakefield Trinity confirm Sean Long arrival to backroom staff: ‘He brings a wealth of experience’

Drew Darbyshire
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Sean Long has been appointed as Mark Applegarth's assistant coach at Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield Trinity have confirmed the appointment of Sean Long as assistant coach following his departure from Championship leaders Featherstone Rovers.

Long was relieved of his duties by Championship table toppers Featherstone earlier this week after their surprise defeat at Halifax in what was just their second defeat of the season, despite remaining eight points clear at the top of the table.

The 46-year-old hasn’t been out of work for long as he’s now put pen to paper to be Mark Applegarth’s assistant at Wakefield until the end of the 2024 season, as revealed by Love Rugby League earlier today (Wednesday).

The former Great Britain and St Helens half-back will link up with Trinity immediately as Applegarth’s side look to avoid relegation and secure their Super League status for 2024.

On Long’s arrival, Trinity boss Applegarth said: “I’m delighted to have Sean on the coaching staff for the remaining six games and next season.”

“He brings a wealth of experience with him and I think he will add real value to our coaching and playing group.

“I feel like we will compliment each other well.”

Sean Long ‘thrilled’ to be joining Wakefield Trinity

James Ford, who was Applegarth’s assistant at Wakefield earlier this season, left Belle Vue earlier this season to join Featherstone, where he will now spearhead their promotion charge following Long’s departure.

On becoming assistant coach at Wakefield, Long said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Wakefield at such a crucial point for them in the season.

“We had a good chat about what Mark felt I could bring to the club.”

“Wakefield are now firmly in the business end of the season and every performance counts, I can’t wait to get out on the field with Mark and the team.”

Next up for Wakefield Trinity is a relegation four-pointer against rivals Castleford Tigers on Friday, August 18.

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