Pete Riding leaves Hull FC by 'mutual consent' as club restructure continues

Pete Riding has left Hull FC by 'mutual consent.'
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Pete Riding has left Hull FC by 'mutual consent.' Riding joined the club as Head of Youth in 2022 and has made a significant impact on the Centre of Excellence programme, with the club's youth departments going from strength to strength.

Overseeing the running of all youth programmes, Riding has helped to develop many young players at the club who have gone on to make their first-team debuts in the last couple of years, with the academy side also recording back-to-back third place finishes. He has also had a hand in recruiting new young players to the club, with Denive Balmforth his first signing.

However, with Director of Rugby, Richie Myler, overseeing a full restructure of the club alongside chairman Adam Pearson, Riding believes the time has come for change, with Hull well positioned to move forward with the right foundations in place to maximise both youth development and their external recruitment.

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Riding said: "The pathways which are now in place, and the changes made to the recruitment strategy, will serve the club well going forward and will be the foundation for its future success and sustained growth.

"I must take this opportunity to firstly thank James Clark for giving me the opportunity to work for such a fantastic organisation I want to thank all the players and staff for their support, and I look forward to watching their Rugby League journeys over the coming years.

"With the arrival of Richie (Myler) as the club’s Director of Rugby, and the direction in which he wants to take the club’s youth programme, I feel the time is right to hand over the day-to-day running of the Centre of Excellence to an internal restructure headed by Richie. I feel comfortable that I leave the club’s youth pathway in a much stronger position than when I arrived at the club."

Pearson added: "I would like to thank Pete for all his hard work and commitment in re-energising and restructuring our youth pathway from top to bottom. We are resourced and well managed to take his blueprint forward to ensure a successful academy structure that continues to produce the Super League players of tomorrow. I and everyone at the club wish Peter well for his next professional challenge in Rugby League."

As well as Myler, Hull's youth departments will now be run by Francis Cummins and Richard Tate. Cummins joined the club last autumn, while Tate has been involved in the club's youth setup for years. Sasch Brook will also continue his role as academy team manager.

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