Whitehaven recruitment pleases head coach Don Gailer

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Whitehaven coach Don Gailer has said he has inherited a strong playing squad for the 2012 Championship One season, .

Gailer was named as the successor to former Haven coach David Seeds, who left following the club's play-off defeat by Doncaster in September.

"I've been really happy with the signings. We're in really good shape," Gailer told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"They've made every effort to get some quality players here."

He added: "From now on there's no golden wand there. I will work really hard, the players need to work hard, and we can have a really good year with the squad we've got."

The former Queensland academy grade coach has never worked in England before, but has Ireland international Lee Doran alongside him as a player-coach.

"It's the first time I've been to the UK," he said. "It's been a warm welcome.

"Firstly the club want promotion and I'll be working as hard as I can to make that happen, and I want to make sure the team and the players improve.

"My coaching philosophy is that the team and players are in better position when I leave."

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