Wigan St Pat’s have unveiled a new lead coach as they try to bounce back to the top flight.
Ryan Powell, brother of Wigan Warriors ace Sam, will take charge of the club next season as they look to win promotion from National Conference Division One.
The 30-year-old is a top qualified coach with professional experience at both Featherstone Rovers and Swinton Lions and holds a Degree in Sports Development and Coaching from Edge Hill University.
St Pats’ Chairperson Cath Taylor said: “We are very excited in Ryan’s appointment and I am convinced that we have found in Ryan the key to revitalising the club and moving us forward again.
“We have been extremely impressed with Ryan’s positive approach and the impact he has already made and he is even now starting to put in place his own ideas and plans for the new season.”
St Pat’s were relegated from the Premier Division last season for the first time in their history, but last year’s head coach John Ellis continues with the club’s coaching team.
And last season’s assistant second team coach Simon Speakman will step up into the second team head coach role vacated by Chris Whiteley, who will now take on responsibility for player welfare and development as part of a restructure at the club which is hoped to restore confidence ahead of the new season.
Powell is also Head of Youth Work at Chorley’s new Inspire Youth Zone.