Radlinski returns to Wigan
Former full-back appointed as general manager
By Mark Sugar. Last Updated: 01/12/09 11:08am
Radlinski: New role
Former full-back Kris Radlinski has been appointed as Wigan's rugby general manager in a new, specially-created role.
The 33-year-old will assist new head coach Michael Maguire following the Australian's recent appointment at the club.
Radlinksi retired from playing in 2006, and has since been working on a part-time basis assisting the Warriors scholarship scheme. The former Great Britain star was also part of Tony Smith's backroom team for the recent Four Nations series.
Speaking about his appointment, Radlinski said: "I am honoured to be given such an important and prestigious position within the club and look forward to the challenge.
"I enjoy my work with the scholarship players and am delighted I will be able to combine the two roles, in particular using my experience to ensure the players understand what it means to play for Wigan whilst also looking after their welfare."
Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan was quick to stress the importance of the role Radlinski will play.
He said: "This is an important role within the organisation and an area identified as needing improvement to ensure that today's new standards, disciplines and levels of performance, skills and behaviour required from a Wigan player are the same from scholarship to first team.
"He will liaise between Michael and all other aspects of the club to enhance the smooth running of the performance department.
"Kris has quickly shown his qualities already in a scholarship management and in his special role with the England team and is a perfect candidate."