Rochdale Hornets


25th September 2018, 15:49


ROCHDALE Hornets can confirm the board of directors have appointed Carl Forster as head coach ahead of the 2019 season. 

Forster joins Hornets from Whitehaven in a player-coach capacity after enjoying two successful seasons at the Recreation Ground. 

Forster is a name familiar to Hornets fans having made a number of appearances on dual registration in the 2013 League One campaign, picking up heritage number 1429 on his debut against Gateshead Thunder. Carl would then go on to feature in the play-off final win over Oldham which saw Hornets promoted to the Championship.

Having started out in the academy at St Helens, Forster made a number of first team appearances before moving to Salford Red Devils for a year, and then onto Whitehaven where he cut his teeth in coaching. 

Forster said: “It is great to be back at Rochdale. I’d like to thank the board for giving me this great opportunity.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be the coach of such a great club and I am excited for what the future holds. 

“I can’t wait to get to work.” 

After a lengthy recruitment process, which saw a number of high quality candidates interview for the role, the board selected Carl to take them forward into a new era of rugby league. 

Hornets chairman, Peter Rush added: “On meeting Carl I was immediately struck by his outstanding enthusiasm and willingness to promote Rochdale at every opportunity.

“He has a real affinity with the club and a great knowledge of local players, and players who would like to play for him. 

“He is a young, hungry coach with a bright future and I am happy that as a club we can facilitate his development.”

Planning is already underway for 2019 as the club  work to assemble a competitive squad and announcements around that will be made in due course but for now, the club needs your full backing as we look to secure our Championship status and move into a new era of rugby league – both across the game, and in the borough of Rochdale.