Radlinski returns to Wigan

Former full-back appointed as general manager

By Mark Sugar   Last updated: 1st December 2009   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Radlinski returns to Wigan

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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.

Experience

"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."

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Chris Summers says...

Sounds to me like it's a new title for water carriers

Posted 15:45 1st December 2009

Iain Singleton says...

Great appointment by the Warriors, for both the club and the player. He gave it all for the team and there may not be many out there who would be better equiped for the role; in particular teaching young players to take pride in the jersey like he did. It should add the finishing touches to promising players of the future.

Posted 14:43 1st December 2009

Michael Campbell says...

Thanks for everything you gave to us as a Wigan player Kris.You deserve this long over due position within the game.Your knowledge is of paramount importance not just to Wigan,but to the game in general.And thanks for giving me a humble spectator the chance to say to people of a younger generation I saw him play.

Posted 13:59 1st December 2009

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