11th January 2019


Forward Wakefield and Leeds man joins Giants coaching staff for 2019

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Huddersfield Giants Simon Woolford has added the vastly experienced Willie Poching to his backroom staff. The 45 year old former Wakefield and Leeds backrower has been coaching in Super League for over 12 years with spells at the Rhinos, Wolves, Rovers and Reds and fits the bill for Woolford.

“We have been looking around for some help for a few weeks now and Willie was keen to get back into the game after a short break and I think we’ll both be a good fit for each other” said the Giants Head Coach.

“He brings a lot of UK Super League experience to the table which will be valuable for us all here and is keen to get the boots back on and get onto the paddock which I always like to see.

"He’s relatively local too which is a boost as its important to know the local clubs and contacts and  he’ll work on a part time basis initially helping me, Robbo and Grixy and he’s keen to make his mark.

"We’ve probably still got one more support staff member to tie up ahead of the seasons start which we’re close to finalising and then the team will be complete.”

Willie Poching said “It’s a good opportunity locally for me to get back into Super League and work at Huddersfield and from the outside it looks like a great time to join up under Simons new team. I’ll start officially tomorrow and getting to know the players, the staff and the club will be the first task and earn their respect and, of course, learn our patterns of play and work for Simon and Luke to implement them.”

Giants First Team Staff

Head Coach – Simon Woolford

Assistant Coaches – Luke Robinson, Willie Poching, Scott Grix

Head of Performance – Mark Andrews

Physiotherapist Consultant – Dave O Sullivan

Head Physiotherapist – Will Carlos

Sports Therapist – Nathan Hartley

Head Conditioner – Chris Stewart

Assistant Conditioner – Adam McGretton

Analyst – Matt Titchen

Equipment Supervisor – Andrew Toulcher


Heikki Kovalainen




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