posted on 8 May 2013

The Wildcats have expanded their Commercial team by welcoming Nick Fozzard as Business Development Manager.

Nick Fozzard will work closely with Commercial Manager, Martin Hopkins.

Nick, who was born in Wakefield and attended St Thomas á Becket School less than a mile from the clubs home, joins the Wildcats having spent twelve months as Commercial Manager at near neighbours Castleford Tigers where he spearheaded the Tigers’ Membership campaign for 2013.

There he introduced a number of affiliated businesses to offer benefits for Members, an area that will form part of his role at the Wildcats.

It was a successful first step into an administrative position in the game after 19 years as a professional player for Nick who represented Great Britain as well as playing for Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants, St. Helens, Hull KR, Warrington Wolves, Castleford Tigers and Dewsbury Rams in a career which brought success in the World Club Challenge and Challenge Cup.

Injury forced Nick to retire in 2012 and seek a career within the game, and he is eager to use his contacts in both the game and the Wakefield area for the benefit of the Wildcats, working with Wildcats Commercial Manager, Martin Hopkins.

“I’m really excited for the challenge of increasing the clubs commercial revenue,” said Nick.

“I’m from Wakefield so to work for my hometown club is a big thing for me and I want to make a real success of the opportunity.  The club has made some real strides off the pitch in the last couple of years and that’s a really solid foundation for us to build on and continue to move forward.

“I know the area well and I’ve obviously been involved in the sport for a number of years now so I feel confident that I have the contacts to be able to make a real success of the chance to help us move on as a club.”

Wildcats Chief Executive, James Elston, says the appointment will open up more commercial opportunities for the club.

“We’re striving to increase our commercial revenue and the addition of Nick to the Commercial team will give us a fantastic chance to do just that.

“Nick is a Wakefield lad who went to school in the shadow of the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and he has a passion for the city and a passion for rugby league.

“He’s got the enthusiasm and drive to be successful and that is what we want from people who work here at the club.  We’re sure that with his experience within the game and knowledge of the local area that he will be an asset to us.”

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