New Wakefield Trinity assistants Andy Last and Willie Poching are a 'breath of fresh air', says Chris Chester

THE ARRIVAL of Andy Last and Willie Poching as assistant coaches at Belle Vue has been a “breath of fresh air” for Wakefield Trinity.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 6:00 am
POSITIVE IMPACT: Andy Last, left, and Willie Poching, right, have been a breath of fresh air for Wakefield Trinity says head coach Chris Chester. Pictures: Allan McKenzie/

That is the view of head coach Chris Chester who says there is a greater togetherness amongst his squad this year.

Wakefield return to action with a friendly against West Yorkshire neighbours Dewsbury Rams on Sunday, March 14.

Poching and Last have plenty of experience as coaches and Chester admits their arrival has made his job as head coach easier.

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Wakefield have endured a difficult couple of seasons, battling to avoid relegation in 2019 before finishing 10th last year but Chester says there is a “different feel” around the club as Trinity target improvement in 2021.

“I worked with Willie at Hull KR and I played with Lasty and he coached me when I was a player at Hull FC,” said Chester.

“They have been a breath of fresh air.

“We just sit and talk rugby all day, from 7am to 5pm. The days seem to fly by. I am really enjoying working with these guys and there is a real togetherness within the staff and the playing group.

“Andy is very structured and has got a smart rugby brain on him and Willie is exactly the same.

“They have both got a great work ethic and working with two experienced guys like them has made my job a lot easier.”

Chester says the current pre-season has been one his most enjoyable since joining Wakefield.

Trinity kick off their Super League campaign against rivals Leeds Rhinos on March 27.

It is a tough start for Trinity as games against Wigan Warriors, St Helens and Hull FC follow in April.

“There is a real togetherness and a real buy in from everybody to make sure that 2021 is a much better season to what 2020 was,” he added.

“It is so far, so good. I am really pleased with the application of the players and contributions from all the staff.

“It is probably one of the most enjoyable pre-seasons I have had so far at Wakefield.

“I know the players are really positive as well and are really buying into what we want to do this year.”