RGC 1404 have lost another influential member of their backroom team after Gareth Whittaker agreed to take over as Salford City Red Devils’ new strength and conditioning coach.

The popular figure becomes the latest Gogs’ staff member to secure a position at a professional side, with Whittaker impressing considerably working with both the senior team and the RGC Academy system.

Whittaker declared this was an opportunity that “he couldn’t turn down” and speaking to the RGC website, he has clearly enjoyed his time being part of the North Wales regional set-up.

He said: “It was an opportunity I could not turn down. I have loved my five-and-a-half years at RGC and the WRU as I have made friends for life. “I will be a fan for life as North Wales is in my blood, and look forward to coming to watch games in the seasons ahead. I just want to say thank you to all players and staff for making my time so enjoyable.”

Whittaker links up once again with head coach Richard Marshall at Salford, with the pair working together previously at Warrington Wolves and England Academy with great success.

RGC coach Josh Leach confirmed that Academy strength and conditioning coach Jack Williams will lead the programme on a temporary basis while the club looks for a permanent replacement, and he wished Whittaker well with the next stage of his career.

“From RGC’s perspective, it is a real shame to lose someone like Gaz who has been such an important and enthusiastic part of the Academy and Premiership team for the past five or so years,” he added.

“During his time, Gaz’s has helped align and grow our strength and conditioning provision from the Premiership team through the Academy, Under 18s, Coleg Llandrillo, and U16s squads.

“Most importantly, his commitment to supporting the players was exceptional and I know they are very grateful for that.

“It is a just reward that Gaz has been offered the opportunity to head up Salford Red Devil’s strength and conditioning team. We are all extremely pleased for Gaz, and also proud that another member of staff has progressed into the professional game.”