Willie Poching joins Huddersfield’s coaching staff

Huddersfield have appointed Willie Poching as one of their assistant coaches for the 2019 season.

The 45-year-old has been coaching in Super League for over 12 years with Leeds Rhinos, Warringotn Wolves, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils.

Poching left the Red Devils at the end of last season and will now become one of Simon Woolford’s assistant coaches – alongside Luke Robinson and Scott Grix.

On the appointment of Poching, Woolford said: “We have been looking around for some help for a few weeks now and Willie was keen to get back into the game after a short break and I think we’ll both be a good fit for each other.

“He brings a lot of UK Super League experience to the table which will be valuable for us all here and is keen to get the boots back on and get onto the paddock which I always like to see.

“He’s relatively local too which is a boost as its important to know the local clubs and contacts and he’ll work on a part time basis initially helping me, Robbo and Grixy and he’s keen to make his mark.

“We’ve probably still got one more support staff member to tie up ahead of the seasons start which we’re close to finalising and then the team will be complete.”

On linking up with the Giants, Poching commented: “It’s a good opportunity locally for me to get back into Super League and work at Huddersfield and from the outside it looks like a great time to join up under Simon’s new team.

“I’ll start officially tomorrow and getting to know the players, the staff and the club will be the first task and earn their respect and, of course, learn our patterns of play and work for Simon and Luke to implement them.”

Mark Andrews will also remain head of performance at Huddersfield this year.