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Player welfare team


Steve McCormackSteve McCormack

Director of Welfare and Wellbeing


Steve joined the charity in February 2019 when he became the sport’s first ever Transition Manager.

He was appointed Director of Welfare in 2021 and has gone on to oversee the charity's significant investment in player welfare.

Steve had previously worked as Player Welfare Manager at Wigan Warriors, having enjoyed a successful coaching career at club and international level with Widnes, Salford, Whitehaven, Gateshead, Barrow, Swinton and Scotland, who he coached in three RL World Cups.



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Steve HardistySteve Hardisty

Welfare and Projects Manager


Castleford-born Steve joined RL Cares in a new role in January 2021 and works alongside Steve McCormack and the other members of the team delivering player welfare services.


He had spent the last 10 years at Huddersfield Giants, initially as Player Performance Manager with the club’s Academy and the last six years as Player Welfare Manager with the senior squad.



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Keith SeniorSW2_1938-1-1

Welfare Support Manager


A former Great Britain international player, Keith won four Super League Grand Finals with Leeds Rhinos and also tasted Challenge Cup success at Wembley with Sheffield Eagles in 1998.


He joined the player welfare team in a full-time capacity in the summer of 2020 after working with the charity part-time for the previous 18 months.


He combines his role with the position of assistant coach at Sheffield Eagles.




Francis StephensonFrancis Stephenson

Transition Manager


Francis joined RL Cares as a staff member in early 2020 after working with the charity on a consultancy basis. A former Wakefield Trinity, London Broncos, Wigan Warriors, Hull KR and England prop, Francis forged a successful business career in IT following his retirement in 2006.



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Dave KirkDave Kirk



David joined RL Cares as the sport’s first full-time in-house psychotherapist in late-November 2022 after forging a successful private practice in the North West.


He has supported junior, first team and retired athletes in recent years in a consultative capacity with Sporting Chance. David has also spent the last five years providing psychotherapeutic support at St Helens, Super League’s most successful club.


He is a full member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and on the accredited register of counsellors and psychotherapists compiled by BACP. In the last 10 years David has specialised in the field of addiction and has expertise in transactional analysis, cognitive behaviour therapy, cognitive analytic therapy and transpersonal psychology.



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