Toronto Wolfpack are delighted to confirm the appointment of former player Rich Whiting as the team’s Player Welfare and Logistics Manager. Whiting takes the role having retired at the end of the 2018 season with his final appearance coming in the Million Pound Game against London Broncos.

Brian Noble MBE, Toronto Wolfpack Director of Rugby, commented:

“Rich is a tremendously popular and respected member of the team and this is a natural role for him to take on in 2019. A player in his first two seasons with the Wolfpack, Rich has great knowledge of Toronto and the unique environment in which the team operates as the world’s first transatlantic professional sports team.”

Whiting made 339 Rugby Football League (RFL) appearances over the course of his playing career, turning out for Featherstone Rovers, Hull FC, Doncaster, Leigh Centurions and the Wolfpack. He retired with 100 tries to his name after 15 years in the game. Whiting said:

“I’m really excited to be transitioning from being a member of the playing staff at Toronto Wolfpack to being one of the support staff, the offer of a role within the organisation was one of the main reasons why I decided to retire from playing at the end of the 2018 season. I’ve always held an interest in remaining within rugby league once my playing days were over and I’m really looking forward to learning and implementing a new skill set and helping the club continue to drive forwards.”

Whiting’s role will be key in supporting the Wolfpack’s six new signings and new Head Coach, Brian McDermott. He will work under the supervision of Director of Rugby Brian Noble and McDermott to support the provision of welfare and support for players. He added:

“I’m also now working alongside two of the highest rated individuals in the game in Brian McDermott Brian Noble, and whilst I’m sure they’ll keep me honest and accountable in the work I’ll be doing, I’m looking forward to working alongside them and trying to tap into some of their knowledge of the game.”

Whiting will also help coordinate player appearances, support with media requests, help manage various sponsors and partners as well as the team’s travel plans, accommodation and training requirements. He continued:

“I’ve held an interest in player welfare for a few seasons and was responsible for some of the Toronto Wolfpack’s welfare for the first 18 months of my time at the club. The first few weeks of pre-season have been very different for me, it’s the first time since 2001 I’ve not been getting flogged on the field and in the gym and, if I’m being honest, I don’t miss it one bit!”

As part of his new role, Whiting will work with key Wolfpack Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), where the team currently has its UK training base. The state-of-the-art facility was previously owned by Premier League giants Manchester City before being taken over by the University in 2014. Whiting concluded:

“The role also provides me with some more experience in coaching through the clubs relationship with Manchester Metropolitan University where I’ll be coaching their Elite Men’s team as well as aiding the University with recruitment.”

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