Wakefield Wildcats: Hetherington to play crucial role in helping turn Wildcats around

CRUCIAL ROLE: Kath Hetherington.
CRUCIAL ROLE: Kath Hetherington.

Kath Hetherington will play a crucial role in helping shape the future of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, according to chairman Michael Carter.

Hetherington, the wife of Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary, was recently appointed as the club’s consultant chief executive on a full-time basis.

Carter had initially asked if the former Hull FC chairwoman was interested in investing but she declined the offer.

But Hetherington offered to help drag Wakefield out of their current financial difficulties on a consultancy basis and has been working alongside Carter and Chris Brereton for a number of weeks.

She arrives at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium after spending two years away from the game following the sale of her stake in Hull FC to Adam Pearson.

And Carter says Hetherington’s experience with the Black and Whites, as well as her knowledge of rugby league, will be of great benefit to Wakefield at just the right time.

“Kath’s already brought loads of stuff to the party in terms of saving costs and sorting things out,” said Carter.

“She’s not employed by the club, she’s on a consultancy basis and she’s been here full time.

“She’s got rugby league experience that me and Chris [Brereton] don’t have.

“Chris had a couple of meetings with Kath when sorting out the loan from the Rugby Football League, he was bouncing ideas off her.

“Me and Chris sat down and asked if she fancied investing and Kath wasn’t, but she was happy to come on board.

“It’s on a paid role but it’s not a fortune, she’s certainly not holding us with a gun to our heads, it’s a pittance really for a person of her calibre.

“The three of us are running it as a team. We can call ourselves whatever we want, titles are irrelevant, all three of us are running it.”

Changes are already afoot, immediately and in the future.

The club has brought the catering back in-house for next season, something which will bring more hard work but more income.

“We had a year where we handed the catering to Lindleys and it’s no secret that it hasn’t worked out,” Carter said. “We felt it was too much hard work managing all the staff and it was an easier option to give to Lindleys at the time and they gave us set amount.

“There’s more money for us to keep it in-house but it’s harder work.

“We can make a significant five-figure sum out of catering and wet sales next year so that’s coming back in.”

All profits from food and drink sales at matches and functions on non-matchdays will go directly to the club from October 1.

“It means we’re encouraging fans to come down early and get their food and drink from the ground because next season all the sales from catering and wet sales will be going to the club.”

That includes Cats Bar, where Wakefield are set to launch their new home and away kits for 2014.

Carter has taken the design of the new kits on personally and hopes sales will go well when the launch takes place.