A former Hull Kingston Rovers captain who earned legendary status in east Hull when leading the Robins side which gained promotion to Super League in 2006, James Webster is now part of the coaching staff as an assistant to Tim Sheens.
Webster first returned to KCOM Craven Park last season after taking over as interim head coach following the departure of Chris Chester. With previous coaching experience at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and the City of Hull Academy, Webster was brought back into the fold with the intention of remaining as part of the backroom staff following his spell in charge.
As a player, Webster cut his teeth in Australia with Balmain Tigers and Parramatta Eels before making the move to Hull KR in 2005. A half back and important player for the club in the Championship, he would later be appointed as player-coach and enjoyed success in the role, leading the Robins to the Northern Rail Cup in the dual capacity.
Following the appointment of coach Justin Morgan, Webster went back to focusing on being a player and captain of the side and played in an instrumental role in securing promotion to Super League via a memorable play-off victory over Widnes. He stayed with the club for two seasons in the top flight before having a brief spell at Hull FC and later with the Vikings.
Webster’s first move into a full-time coaching capacity came as an assistant at Hull before he was appointed as the successor to Richard Agar in the Wakefield hot seat. Having made an initial impact at the Wildcats, Webster eventually left the post and accepted a head coaching position with the City of Hull Academy to oversee the city’s best young talent before his return to Rovers.
Although unable to keep the club in Super League as he saw his side hampered by injury problems, Webster now provides continuity in the coaching department alongside fellow assistant David Hodgson, with the pair providing support to Sheens.