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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Don Gailer is right man for Whitehaven RL job - Richardson

Whitehaven have defended the decision to sign Aussie Don Gailer as their new coach – rather than go for home-grown talent.

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Don Gailer

The 56-year-old, who was unveiled on Friday, replaced David Seeds who last term led an all-Cumbrian coaching team, before opting to stand down at the end of the campaign.

Gailer was one of eight overseas coaches among the 20 candidates for the post, but only two locals applied. And chief executive Barry Richardson is confident Haven picked the right man for the job.

They were not keen on their new boss travelling to Whitehaven from outside the area to train the squad and Gailer will be based in the town.

“We didn’t want the coach travelling up the motorway three times a week,” Richardson said.

“If that had to be the case, so be it, but the two stand-out applicants were from overseas. We want a coach based here, working in the community.

“We also wanted someone with experience to come in, add value and move us forward.

“Our hopes are for promotion next year and hopefully we can win the league playing an exciting brand of football.

“Don told me his style was akin to Melbourne Storm – structured but expansive.”

Brisbane-based Gailer, who has spent the last three years coaching Norths Devils’ A-grade side, is expected to arrive at the Recre in early December.

He will be assisted by second-row Lee Doran and a Cumbrian coach, who is yet to be named.

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