Hull FC have announced first new coach for 2020

Hull FC have announced the arrival of experienced coach Kieron Purtill on a three year contract.

The 42-year-old joins the club from Widnes where he was head coach, and he will make the step up to Super League as one of Lee Radford’s new assistants.

Purtill, who has previously worked at St Helens, Huddersfield and Leigh, is one of the highest qualified coaches in the country, and his main priority is to focus on Hull’s attack, as well as taking the Reserves head coach role, bringing through the next generation of young players.

He was a scrum half in his playing days, and also has international experience with the England Knights, England Academy and Canada.

Purtill is therefore well-known with a lot of the current squad, and told the clubs official website, “I’m ecstatic to be heading to Hull. To be back in Super League and have the opportunity to be involved in such a famous and well-supported club is something I’m really looking forward to.

“You get your most fulfilment out of seeing players you coached from a young age progress and become stars. One of the most important aspects of a modern day club is having that right culture and environment to bring through those younger players and that is something I want to play a part in.

“There is a lot of young talent to work with at Hull. Its a great testament to them that they have been so vocal in bringing the reserves back and I’m excited to be part of that strong attitude towards it.

“Hull’s recruitment has been outstanding for 2020 – to come in as an outsider and have the tools like that at my disposal to work with is brilliant.

“To have the chance to work with some of the attacking calibre we will have next season really excites me. From my point of view, when we have our big guns firing next season, we are going to be a really threatening side in attack.”

Hull FC’s head coach Lee Radford, who’s position remains unchanged added, “Kieron’s CV speaks for itself and his experience and specialism in some of the areas we want him to influence will be particularly valuable to us.

“He comes with some extremely strong references from a number of established people in the game which speaks volumes and has done a great job of late in testing circumstances at Widnes.

“To have experience both as an assistant and a head coach will add value to our coaching staff and we are really looking forward to seeing what he can bring to the club.

“He is a rugby man, he is passionate and very knowledgeable about the game, which I think will compliment our staff here, and he is already showing real enthusiasm about the role, the club and what we want to achieve.”

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