Gateshead Thunder have confirmed former Papa New Guinea international Stanley Gene will take over as head coach for the 2014 season.
The 39-year-old joins the Kingstone Press Championship 1 club from Hull KR, where he coached their Under-19s academy squad.
Gene is familiar with the Thunder due to their close ties with the Robins and he is eager to help the North East club grow and progress.
"I am delighted to join Gateshead Thunder," he told the club's official website. "I have been increasingly impressed with the lads and what Kevin Neighbour (former head coach) has achieved.
"My ambition is to take the club to the next level and to continue the hard work that has been put in here already. I'll be up in the North East soon, and look forward to meeting the fans and sponsors."
Thunder managing director Keith Christie commented: "Myself and the Gateshead Thunder Board are delighted to have Stan on board.
"He will inherit a squad of lads that have been moulded into a team by Kevin Neighbour, and our hope is that he can take us further. I have spoken to Stan who has some great ideas and players he wants to bring to the club.
"Stan was a no-nonsense player and he is a very demanding coach - someone who will install a strong work ethic on and off the field. He joins us with a wealth of experience in different capacities.
"At KR, he coached the Under-19s and also assisted Craig Sandercock with the first team. As a player, he played for several Super League clubs and represented his country, Papua New Guinea, throughout his career."
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