Michael Carter: Brian Smith can boost Wakefield confidence

Smith a 'perfect fit' for Wakefield

Incoming head coach Brian Smith can bring "confidence and belief" to Wakefield Trinity on his arrival this week, says chairman Michael Carter.

Former Sydney Roosters, Bradford and Hull FC boss Smith, 61, led the former to the NRL Grand Final in 2010 - his most recent coaching post.

He joins a Trinity side bottom without a win in 13 Super League games and currently seven points adrift.

"He comes with a fantastic pedigree," Carter told the BBC Super League Show.

"For us to attract that calibre of coach is fantastic, we've talked about structures, confidence and belief and I think he can bring all of those things.

"The primary focus is the next six months and staying in Super League."

James Webster parted company with the Wildcats last month, with assistant Stuart Dickens taking charge in his absence.

Kirmond receptive to Smith arrival

Smith, despite not holding an NRL coaching post since 2012, writes a tactics analysis column in Australian magazine Rugby League Week and briefly worked with the USA side in the build up to the Rugby League World Cup in 2013.

Carter is keen to provide Smith with resources to improve the teams' form, with the potential to make additions to the squad.

"We released Lopini Paea so there's that money free and we're trying to juggle things, perhaps get another player out so we can bring others in should Brian desire to do so," Carter said.

"Brian will have his own thoughts on that."

Players were only made aware of the news before kick-off in the Magic Weekend defeat by Castleford and captain Danny Kirmond is positive about the Australian's arrival.

"It's a great appointment, someone held in high esteem," Kirmond said.

"It can only work in a positive way, he's been at some massive clubs and he's experienced, it can only benefit the club in the long term.

"It's in it's infancy in the way it's being run, Michael is doing a great job but bringing someone like Brian can help not just on the field but behind the scenes as well."

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