RFL Performance and Coaching team changes
The RFL has promoted Dave Rotheram from his previous role of National Player Development Manager to Head of Talent and Player Development, a position previously held by BJ Mather.
In turn, Rotheram’s role as National Player Development Manager will be filled by former Great Britain and Bradford Bulls second row Paul Medley, who joins the governing body from First Utility Super League club Bradford Bulls.
The RFL has also appointed Tony Fretwell as National Player Development Manager.
RFL Director of Performance and Coaching Jon Roberts (pictured) said: “I am delighted to welcome Dave to his new role and Paul and Tony to the RFL.
“Following BJ’s departure to the New South Wales Rugby League, we have taken the opportunity to re-build the team that will drive us forward over the next four years.
“Our priority is the creation of quality talent development environments, including Academies and Centres of Excellence and Player Development Centres. A significant area of growth that we are aiming for is the identification of talented players who play within a school and college environment. The collective experience of the new team will be really powerful.
“Dave Rotheram has developed the club Academy structure over the last three years and as a Level 4 coach brings a great knowledge of coaching talented players to the team.
“Paul has guided the development of Bradford's player development system over many years. He will add a depth of knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing clubs in developing talent.
“Tony is a Director of Sport in Stretford, Manchester. He has been involved in Schools Rugby League for many years, together with previous involvement in player development systems at Widnes and Halifax. Tony really understands player development in a education environment.”
Dave Rotheram said: “I am excited to be taking up the role as Head of Talent and Player Development, it’s something that I look forward to embracing.
“Paul has lots of experience in developing players and has a great track record from his time with the Bradford Bulls. He will be a great asset to the RFL and an invaluable resource to the professional Rugby League Academies, who will be able to tap into his wealth of knowledge and experience.”
RFL National Player Development Manager Paul Medley said: “This is a whole new challenge for me and I am very much looking forward to having an influence of the future of our sport.
“My new role will allow me to manage the operations of Academy-level Rugby League, overseeing how things are done and where we can improve.
“This is the next step on the career ladder for me and I cannot wait to get started.
“I am very passionate about the game and I want to help develop the sport going forward. If we can all push in the right direction, we can benefit the game and change things very much for the better.”
Tony Fretwell, who will take up his role in June, said: “It is a very exciting opportunity to swap education for a career with the RFL.
“I will be looking to create bridges between the education sector and the RFL Performance and Coaching department.
“I have had a lifelong love for Rugby League since I was very young but to have the opportunity to link my love of the sport with my profession is hugely exciting.”