Featherstone Rovers new coach James Webster

Featherstone Rovers appointed James Webster as new boss

Former Wakefield boss James Webster has been appointed as the new head coach of Championship club Featherstone.

Webster, 40, who left his role as assistant coach of Hull KR a week ago, has signed a two-year deal as the successor to Ryan Carr.

Carr, who took Rovers to the Championship Grand Final in his first season, quit the club to return to Australia for family reasons.

Featherstone chairman Mark Campbell said: "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."

Sydney-born Webster has spent the last 14 years in English rugby league, initially as a player with Hull KR, and held coaching roles with Hull FC and Wakefield before returning to his old club.

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."

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