Bradford Bulls


12th December 2017, 14:14


Bradford Bulls are delighted to announce the appointment of John Kear as the club’s Head Coach ahead of the 2018 season.

Kear will leave his role at Wakefield Trinity as the Director of Rugby effective immediately to join the Bulls on a full-time basis as the club’s Head Coach on a three-year contract.

Leigh Beattie will aid Kear as the assistant coach, as well as remaining in charge of the Under 19s. Under 16/15s Head Coach, Mark Dunning will take official role as Assistant Coach of the Under 19s.

“We’re ecstatic that John has committed his time to us. He’s a remarkable coach and a great man that has a lot to offer the club,” said Co-owner Andrew Chalmers.

“Moving forward John will bring an experienced and professional approach and really benefit the club as he will implement a winning culture into the team.

“He’s a man with a lot of knowledge of the game who will offer a huge lift to the squad, especially the younger generation.”

The former Wakefield Head Coach has a plethora of experience to offer the developing Bradford squad, as he brings his coaching knowledge of over 20 years to the Provident Stadium.

During his time as a coach, the 63-year-old memorably won the Challenge Cup with Sheffield Eagles in 1998 before winning it again seven years later with Hull FC in 2005.

“It is going to be a new experience, it is an iconic club and it has been one of the greatest names in the Super League era, especially in the early part of it,” said Kear.

“Obviously, it has come upon hard time performance wise, so I’m really excited to first of all be enlisted with the job of bringing stability to the place but then also gradual improvement. We want to regain our place where we feel the infrastructure of the club belongs, which is obviously in the highest level.”

The former Castleford outside-back will also bring his international coaching pedigree to the Bulls after taking charge of England during the early 2000s before taking the mantle of Wales Head Coach in 2014.

“One of the first challenges that I face is the squad. Obviously, I’ve got to first of all work with the players, secondly send them out in trial games and then thirdly really have a good assessment of what we have got.

“Hopefully this is a squad that will be good enough to take us into the Championship. I know that it is going to be a heck of a challenge because already two pals of mine, James Ford at York and Craig Lingard at Keighley have already pin pointed the Bulls and want to be the first to turn them over, so we know that all opponents we come up against will be challenging.

“It is going to be a tough year, tough to get out of there but I am very confident that we can do it.”


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