25/09/2009 15:06

It's official! The Hull Wasps have announced Chris McKenna as their new head coach. The announcement has come after weeks of searching for a new coach to take the team forward into the new season.

A Wasps player last year himself, 36-year old Chris has already set about his duties and took charge of last night's first team training session where 6 new players were also officially unveiled.

Guards Damien Keegan, Miles Anderson, Michael Likupe, Kamil Pilarski and Rob Dawson, along with 6'10" centre Michal Kucmierczyk have settled into the first team squad during pre-season and will now be competing for places in the Wasps 18-man squad during the National League season.

New Head Coach, McKenna commented: "The squad is looking great this year and I'll be very disappointed if we don't make the play-offs."

"I've sat down with the players already and we've set goals and targets to aim for throughout the season. We all know the strength and depth we have within the squad and competition for places will be tough. We have a talented bunch of guys and I'm extremely positive about our chances of making the play-offs.

"It won't come easy. We have to work hard and every player knows that which is why they're all working extremely hard to keep up our winning run."

Chris McKenna has also brought player Matt Fawcett back into the coaching set-up ahead of the season as assistant coach.

"Matt has great coaching ideas and is a good motivator. He's still young so during games he is going to concentrate on playing and keeping his game on top form, but during training and at other times, he will be assisting me in my role helping us to get promoted."

Club Director, David Bushnell has also revealed his delight in the way the team is looking ahead of the new season.

"It's very exciting. Chris has lots of experience and played at University level in Canada. He played as starting centre at the National Finals and that experience of high-level competition is going to be invaluable to our team this year.

"We looked around at various options for the new head coach position, but Chris was by far the outstanding candidate and that's why we have asked him to take over. He already has a good relationship with the players, being a player last year, and his enthusiasm is great which is extremely important for our club. We now have all the right elements and people in place to have a very successful season."

The Wasps travel to League 2 Champions, Team Northumbria, for the first round of the National Cup on Sunday looking to produce a shock in this year's competition.