Wakefield Wildcats welcome new associate director

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats have welcomed Richard Vickers as an associate director of the Super League club.

The 42-year-old lifelong Wildcats fan, who’s based in North America due to his job as regional managing director for recruitment agency Michael Page International, will add more commercial experience to the club’s board of directors.

And chief executive James Elston says the former Queen Elizabeth Grammar School pupil is a welcome addition at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

“Richard’s experience and commercial expertise will be a great asset for the club,” said Wildcats chief executive James Elston.

“A fresh pair of eyes from someone who is not immersed in the club day-to-day is hugely valuable to see things from a different perspective. It’s an exciting time for us but also a very, very busy time as we aim to ensure we build on what we’ve started in the first eighteen months under the ownership of Spirit of 1873 Ltd.

“A lot of hard work has gone into the club already but we’re under no illusions that there’s still much more to come, and with people the calibre of Richard involved then we are well positioned to ensure we continue to evolve as a club.”

Despite working in America, Vickers still returns for Wildcats home games with his wife Erin, children James and Laura, and his parents, Tom and June Vickers.

“I started coming with my grandfather who used to tell me all the stories of great players of old,” he said when in the city recently.

“I just got hooked, I went all the time as a schoolboy and then when I went to university I used to come back for matches, even in midweek. Now that I’ve got my own children hooked they love going to the games, especially in the 1873 Suite. That makes three generations of the family coming to watch Wakefield every chance we get.”

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