Chris Plume Joins the Pack
Toronto Wolfpack are excited to announce the signing of Chris Plume as an Assistant Coach, effective immediately. Plume will reunite with Head Coach Brian McDermott after the pair spent several years working together in the Super League with Leeds Rhinos.
Joining the Leeds Rhinos as a community coach in 2007, Plume went on to work with the academy coaching staff the following year and also spent time with the under-19’s squad before becoming an Assistant Coach for the first team in 2012, working directly with McDermott.
Wolfpack Head Coach Brian McDermott discussed the signing today:
“We are really pleased that Chris has agreed to join our Club. He has coached at all levels of Rugby League including developmental, scholarship, reserve grade and Super League.
“He has a huge amount of experience and has been part of a coaching staff at the sharp end of our industry where he has been responsible for delivering success to the highest caliber of player. He will suit our environment that expects the same standards and he knows the goal: deliver a winning team that gets promoted.”
Speaking today, Plume was excited to begin his journey with the transatlantic side:
“The chance to work with Brian McDermott, Brian Noble and an extremely talented squad is a very exciting prospect for me. I’ve experienced working in a different sporting sector for the last 2 years but always knew I would return to rugby league if the right opportunity came up. TW is the most exciting venture in rugby league and one that I feel has already and will continue to have a positive impact on the future of rugby league.
“The first job is to help the club reach Super League. Having watched the Wolfpack’s progression over the course of the season it is clear to see that something is building. My aim is to add to the group whether that be technically or tactically all with the aim of helping the progression to continue.”
As a player, Plume took to the field for Sheffield Eagles, Huddersfield Giants, Gateshead Thunder and Hunslet and it was with the Giants that he began his coaching journey. Most recently, Plume has been working as the Sports Performance Director for Workshop College, a prestigious, 127-year-old school in Nottinghamshire, UK.
Plume joins the Wolfpack in the midst of a battle for Super League promotion and will assume his duties leading into a huge clash with Sheffield later today.
Currently sitting three games clear on the top of the Betfred Championship table with a record of 13-1, the Wolfpack will need to continue their run of form to hold off challengers in the race from promotion.