Hull KR confirm departure of assistant coach James Webster

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Hull KR confirm departure of assistant coach James Webster

Hull Kingston Rovers have confirmed the departure of assistant coach James Webster.

The 40-year-old has spent the last four years at the club in a coaching capacity. Firstly, taking the reins as interim boss following Chris Chester’s exit in February 2016, the Australian was then made assistant to Tim Sheens, a role he continued during Tony Smith’s tenure from June this term.

Webster, the former Robins half-back, made 94 appearances for the club across a successful three-year period and was captain/coach for the Northern Rail Cup success in 2005. He also skippered the club to Super League promotion the following year and scored 33 tries in total for the club.

“I have enjoyed working with all of the players, coaching staff and supporters of the club,” Webster told

“The two head coaches, in Tim and Tony, that I have worked with have taught me a lot both personally and in furthering my knowledge of the game. I am indebted to their time and support.

“I felt that it was the correct time for myself to pursue a new challenge which I am looking forward to.

“I will always deep-down support this club and will be back next year when possible to take in some games. I wish everyone including the board, players and supporters the best of luck for 2020.”

Head coach Tony Smith commented: “I had and still have a great relationship with James, we remain close and always will be. We’re in regular contact and I’m very grateful for the short time that I have spent with him.

“He has been fantastic for me, and terrific in terms of his knowledge and coaching ability. He’s been incredibly supportive, loyal and honest towards me and I know he’s very passionate about Hull KR.

“But I also understand that he wants to further his career as a head coach and feels that other opportunities have come up for him in that respect. It was with some regret and reluctance that James has left but at the same time it was the right thing for the progress of his career.”

The club would like to place on record their thanks to James for his hard work across several years in a playing and coaching capacity and wish him well in his future endeavours.

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