Hull FC’s former Head of Youth Danny Wilson and ex-Hull KR forward Jason Netherton will take charge of the City of Hull Academy following James Webster’s departure last week to become Hull KR’s new head interim head coach.
Wilson will take the position as head coach on the U19s side, with Neverton as his assistant. The coaching set-up also includes ex-Hull FC players Steve Crooks and Nathan Freer alongside local coach Rob Wilson and Assistant Academy Director Rob Nickolay.
The coaching team is one of the strongest and largest at the academy level, and will be looking to continue where James Webster left-off challenging the likes of Wigan and St Helens in the youth leagues.
It’s believed officials at Hull FC and Hull KR will consider whether to stick with their current team or appoint another full-time head coach at the end of the 2016 season.
Explaining the new structure, Wilson said “We’ll be utilising our existing coaching staff in the interim period and review our position at the end of the season,”
“James has done a great job for us in recent months in helping instil the values the academy should work to and a strong technical infrastructure in which the academy can thrive.
“The availability and compensation cost of recruiting another high profile candidate at this stage of the season is untimely, whilst we’re also hesitant to unsettle a positive and ever-developing structure that is coming together at the academy.
“We have a very experienced coaching staff, particularly for working with and developing players at this level, that we believe are more than capable of continuing the excellent work we have started with this new venture.
“Jason and Rob are both developing well as coaches and have a great foil in Steve Crooks who has vast experience as a rugby league coach for many years, both at first-grade and junior development level.
“We have the full backing and continued support of both Hull FC and Hull KR and are looking forward to a good season ahead and we’ll evaluate our progress at the end of the year.”
The City of Hull Academy is in its debut season and features youth players from both Hull FC and Hull KR. However, each club has their rosters of U19s and U16s from 2015 ring fenced for the next 4 years.
Ross Osborne, Jez Litton and Reece Dean were rewarded for positive academy performances last year with first-team squad numbers in 2016, while Hull KR granted a debut to Keiron Moran on Friday at Widnes.
While still considered controversial amongst fans of both clubs, it is hoped the new staff at Bishop Burton can help and aid the progression of some of Hull’s future stars.