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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Haven coach Gailer to stay

WHITEHAVEN have handed the coaching reins for another year to Aussie Don Gailer – right on the back of the weekend’s promotion celebrations.

At a special Board meeting on Monday night, the directors gave Gailer a vote of confidence to stay on and take a much-improved side into the Championship next season.

But first things first and the straight-talking Queenslander wants to see his side take the end-of season Championship One play-offs by storm hopefully to reach – and win – the final.

Gailer said he was proud of his players for the promotion achievement and saluted fans for their support home and away.

“The Board of directors have also been sensational and seen fit to back me for another year. I am delighted.”

Chief executive Barry Richardson said: “Every one of our directors say they want to get behind Don and give him their full support.”

Richardson added: “Don’s remit was to get us promoted, he achieved that. He came here from Australia and inherited a team, new players have come in and the side’s performances have steadily improved culminating in some outstanding displays of late to clinch promotion against Gateshead before our own fans on Sunday.”

Reflecting on the season so far, Gailer said: “There’s been a few ups and downs, at times it’s been pretty tough but we’ve got together as a team and reached the number one goal – promotion. Now we need to focus on the play-offs, we’re playing some good footie and there’s no reason why we can’t do well and finish the season in style.

“Over the last few weeks, the team and my fellow coaches have done a special job. I am proud of their performances and especially the way players have increased their ability. Everybody not least our supporters deserves a pat on the back.

“I’ve said along that I would really like to stay at Whitehaven, my wife Gayle and I really love the place and the people.

“Next season, playing in the Championship, we will be moving up to another level but I am sure the boys will rise to the occasion.”

Whitehaven are continually monitoring players with a view to bolstering the squad in order to compete in what will be a very competitive and challenging Championship campaign.

Richardson said the club is committed to making new signings.

“We want to retain our present players and also strengthen the squad,” he pointed adding: “We have managed our finances really well this year and the club is in a strong position.

“We will try and build a squad capable of staying in the Championship but at the same time stay within our means. As there will be promotion and relegation, we don’t want to go up and then come straight back down.”

Haven won’t be able to go into the transfer market until September under RFL rules, but the directors are already starting negotiations to re-sign some of their own players in good time for next year.

Richardson said it was unfair to single out individuals at this stage but top of the fans’ – and the club’s list – must be Jessie Joe Parker.

“Jessie Joe is interested in staying, we would dearly like to keep him and we are examining how we can do just that,” said the chief executive.

One potential snag is that the star centre’s wife and young children are living in Papua New Guinea, but the club hope to find a way of keeping the whole family happy.

After a fairly slow start in the chocolate blue and gold, Parker has hit the blockbusting form which has earned him PNG Test honours, playing a major part in the two crucial wins against Rochdale and Doncaster rounding off with his two tries in Sunday’s promotion clincher.

His new partnership with wing flyer Craig Calvert has proved a masterstroke, helping both players hit top form at the right time.

Have your say

I have advised my young brother Jessie Joe to stay there and keep playing footy with the club.

Posted by Rui Rami on 24 August 2012 at 01:42

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