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Michael Monaghan signs up for Wakefield Trinity’s 2018 bid to aim higher

NEW FACE:  Michael Monaghan. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA
NEW FACE: Michael Monaghan. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA

FORMER Lance Todd Trophy winner Michael Monaghan has joined Wakefield Trinity as assistant to coach Chris Chester.

The 37-year-old Australian was man of the match for Warrington Wolves in their 2009 Challenge Cup final win over Huddersfield Giants.

He played as a half-back for Canberra Raiders and Manly Sea Eagles before joining Warrington in 2008.

Monaghan was also a Challenge Cup winner against Leeds Rhinos in 2010 and 2012 and after hanging up his boots at the end of the 2014 season he spent three years as assistant-coach at Catalans Dragons.

Monaghan - whose brother Joel played for Castleford Tigers in 2016-17 - said: “When the opportunity arose to come to Wakefield I was certainly keen to make the move.

“Wakefield is a club with a long history. I was really impressed with what the club seemed to offer after seeing how they played last year and the attitude they go around their footy with.”

EXCITED: Wakefield Trinity head coach, Chris Chester .' Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

EXCITED: Wakefield Trinity head coach, Chris Chester .' Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Chester commented: “I am delighted to have Michael Monaghan come on board as assistant-coach. We took our time to decide who would be the perfect fit for Trinity and Michael ticked a lot of our expectations.

“He had a fantastic playing career at Warrington before taking that step up as assistant-coach at Catalans.

“I am looking forward to working with him.”

Monaghan’s appointment will strengthen Trinity’s backroom staff following John Kear’s departure to become coach of Bradford Bulls.

Wakefield is a club with a long history. I was really impressed with what the club seemed to offer after seeing how they played last year

New Wakefield Trinity assistant coach, Michael Monaghan