Bastian to leave Wolves
Warrington Wolves can confirm that director of youth development John Bastian has expressed his intention to leave the club at the end of the Rugby League year, November 2013.
John joined the club from Leeds Rhinos five years ago and has established a strong foundation for the young talent coming through the club development programme.
The youth development and performance team now in place is highly recognised throughout Rugby League for producing promising young talent. The player production line is one of the best in Super League with this year's training squad full of bright, young, British talent all biding their time to break into the first team.
Lance James, director at the club and responsible for youth, said: "We would like to thank John for his unquestionable commitment, passion and professionalism and for the success he has delivered in building a youth development structure of which we at Warrington Wolves are proud. We would also like to sincerely thank him on behalf of the many parents of young players who have progressed though the system to become part of the first grade, and those who have not but have still benefited from John's expert advice. Whether it was on the rugby or educational pathways, through his enthusiasm for the game or as part of the player development team John will leave a lasting memory for all who have worked with him over the last five years."
Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith added: "I would like to echo what Lance said in thanking John for his contributions and hard work with the youth department. His contributions have certainly taken us to levels most clubs would be very proud of and are striving for, and we acknowledge and appreciate his achievements."
All at Warrington Wolves would like to wish John and his family all the best for the future.
12, Apr, 2013