Whitehaven player-coach Carl Forster has been confirmed as Betfred Championship team Rochdale Hornets’ new head coach, replacing the departing Alan Kilshaw for 2019.
It was confirmed last month that Kilshaw would be leaving the club and 26-year-old Forster – the youngest head coach in the game – beat off competition from Jerome Guisset, Matt Calland and Mike Grady to secure the role after Glenn Morrison – former boss of Dewsbury Rams – and Leigh Centurions assistant Paul Anderson withdrew from the process.
Forster, a former Super League forward, has spent the last three seasons with the Cumbrian team with the latter two being as head coach. Last year saw him guide the club to the League One promotion final, losing narrowly to Barrow. His final game in charge of the financially troubled ‘Haven came on Sunday as the team lost to title winners York City Knights in a 32-14 defeat, a result which saw the team miss out on the play-offs on points difference.