Wolves appoint Mathers as player welfare manager

Warrington Wolves have appointed former player Richard Mathers as their player welfare manager.

Mathers made over 50 appearances for Wire during two spells at the club, as well as playing in Super League for Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

The 32 year-old announced his retirement from the game last month after being hit with a six-month ban from rugby league for breaching betting rules.

The full-back was playing for Championship side London Broncos when he announced his decision to end his 14-year playing career.

“I first signed at Warrington as a 13-year-old, then made my Super League debut in 2002 and now I’m starting the next chapter in my professional life back where it all began,” Mathers said via the BBC Sport website.

“I think player welfare is crucial to success on the field. I’ll be doing all I can to ensure the players have career development plans and be a support network to complement Tony Smith and his football staff off the field.”

Wolves chief executive, Roger Draper, told the club’s website: ” We are pleased to have Richard back on board. He’s a familiar face around the stadium and his infectious personality will bring a lot to the backroom team. He has a true passion for the club which is clear to see. His playing career within Rugby League makes him an ideal fit to the player welfare position and he will also be able to educate players on matters away from the field – such as the use of social media within sport – following his recent personal experience. Richard will work closely with Karl Fitzpatrick in developing the players as people away from the pitch.”

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