Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have welcomed local businessman, Steve Kittrick, onto the Board of Directors at the club.
The 53-year old Director of IB Interiors and SLK Interiors will join Chairman and owner Andrew Glover and Chief Executive, James Elston at the helm of the Rapid Solicitors Stadium looking to drive new investment into the club.
A former pupil of Snapethorpe and Thornes House School, Kittrick set up his own decorating firm aged just 19 and on the back of its sustained success set up IB Interiors three years agowith fellow partner Richard Bower.
Kittrick’s involvement with Trinity goes right back to first watching them in action in the late 1970’s, and although now first team manager of Blue Square North promotion contenders Guiseley AFC, Kittrick says rugby has always been a part of his life and he is looking forward to the challenge of taking the club forward.
“I’ve enjoyed my rugby and I’m a Wakefield lad so I want to give something back to Wakefield,” he said.
“I want the city to be proud of a successful rugby league club like it used to be.
“Rugby league has always been in my blood and I want to get involved and put my time to it.
“We want to make it a great experience from the moment someone gets out of their car to come to the game to the moment they arrive home.”
Andrew Glover’s takeover of the club came just under a year ago, with Kittrick believing the club must continue to re-establish its place as a credible business.
“I’ll be looking at other sponsors and investors, to ensure a good future for Wakefield Trinity and help it to become a great club again,” said Kittrick.
“That’s what we’re looking to do and obviously addressing issues on a weekly and monthly basis and dealing with what has got to be dealt with.
“I think with all the bad publicity over the past two to three years we need to bring some forward thinking people into the club to get some credibility back at the club.
“One of the big things is that we’re investing a lot of time and money in youth development that will in time hopefully strengthen the first team squad and enable the club to continue to improve.
“The board members all know that we’ve got to do our bit to make it successful.
“My view, and I think Andrew’s is the same, is not to spend money we haven’t got and to make the club solid and sustainable so that we can become a top Super League side on and off the field.”
“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Steve to the board and working with him closely to continue to drive the club forward building on the strides we’ve made in the first twelve months,” commented Chairman Andrew Glover.
“It’s exciting times at the Wildcats and with Steve’s involvement I’m certain we can go from strength to strength.”
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