Purtill finds new club after quitting Widnes

Kieron Purtill has joined the coaching staff of a Super League club after his departure from Widnes was confirmed.

The Vikings announced the resignation of Purtill this lunchtime, expressing their “extreme disappointment” at the timing of his exit.

And it has now been revealed that he will join Lee Radford’s coaching staff at Hull FC.

Purtill has agreed a three-year deal with the Black and Whites, with whom he will serve as assistant coach alongside lead roles with the club’s emerging talent squad and new reserves team.

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Purtill said: “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.”

He added: “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 coach Lee Radford said: “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, including working on some attacking structures and helping nurture the next generation of players coming through our emerging talent programme.

“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.

He added: “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.”