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Player-coach Carl Forster lands top job at North Wales Crusaders in 2023.

North Wales Crusaders are delighted to appoint Carl Forster as head coach for the 2023 season.

The 30-year-old prop has come from Paul Crarey's Barrow Raiders, where he was an assistant player-coach and had a similar role and helped guide the Cumbrian outfit to the Betfred Championship playoffs in 2022.

The St Helens born prop is no stranger to League 1 as he was an integral part of the 2021 Raiders side that got promoted to Championship after lifting the League Leaders Sheild and was named players player of the year at his previous club's awards night back in 2021.

Forster also has experience in the coaching ranks, as he coached at Whitehaven in 2017 in League One and Rochdale in 2019 in the Championship retrospectively.

Forster took Whitehaven to the League 1 Grand Final in 2017 and was named League 1 coach of the year, while at Whitehaven as a player, Carl was nominated young player of the year back in 2015.

Forster has a lot of playing experience as he has stints at Super League sides St Helens, Swinton, London, Whitehaven, Salford, Rochdale and Barrow before landing the head coach role at North Wales Crusaders.

Head Coach Forster said, "I'm excited to come on board and get going. After speaking to Andy about the club and some present players, it was something that excited me.

I'm passionate about coaching, and the opportunity was just too good to turn down.

Personally, I'm looking forward to getting the lads back into training and getting my ideas across and bringing a team the fans can be proud of.

Also, looking forward to meeting the fans come the season and going through what hopefully is a successful season together.

I would like to put on record my appreciation to Barrow and everyone involved at the club for allowing me to pursue this opportunity and for everything in the last three years".

North Wales Crusaders CEO commented on Forster's appointment.

"We are delighted to welcome Carl to the club.

Having spoken to Carl, his passion for coaching and vision for what we want to achieve felt like the right decision for the club.

Everyone in the game speaks about Carl very highly, both as a player and coach. He has coached at this level before and knows what it takes to take a team to a grand final, having done so with Whitehaven previously.

His connectivity around the game will be a massive asset to the club, and we have a lot of exciting signings that we will announce in the coming weeks."

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