Yorkshire Carnegie Academy Manager (Players) Jon Pendlebury will leave the club this summer after nine seasons at Headingley Carnegie to join Aviva Premiership side Wasps.

A former player with the club, Jon joined the coaching staff ahead of the 2012-13 season following his retirement from playing. A hugely passionate player Jon carried that energy into his role with the academy, where he has worked with the next generation of players looking to break into the first team.

He joined the club originally in 2008 from Gloucester and made 53 appearances in the following four seasons. He announced he was retiring and joining the coaching staff at the end of the 2011-12 season.

Jon previously played in the county with his home town club at Rotherham where he was a formidable presence in the second row and during his debut season, making 30 appearances and scored three tries as the team secured promotion to the Premiership.

He earned representative honours with England at U18, U19 and U21 level, this culminated in him being selected for the England U21 side who played in the FIRA World Cup in 2003. He was a member of the Bath Academy structure before he was signed for Gloucester in the 2004-05 season.

He made his first team debut for the Cherry and Whites against Toulon in the European Challenge Cup the following season and played a key role in their success in the competition that year, appearing in the starting line up in the final against London Irish where Gloucester triumphed 36-34. In total he made 25 appearances for Gloucester which included appearing for the side in the Heineken Cup.

Commenting on his departure, Executive President Sir Ian McGeechan commented, “On behalf of everyone associated with Yorkshire Carnegie I would like to thank Jon for his incredible service to the club for nearly a decade, both as a player and a coach. During his time in our academy, we have established an organisation that is recognised as one of the leading academies in this country. It is a compliment to us as a Championship club that an Aviva Premiership side has looked to our Academy for an appointment as important as this. Our aim now is to build on the foundations that Jon has helped set down and continue to develop the very best Yorkshire talent through our academy. Jon leaves with our best wishes and gratitude. We have exciting plans for the future with our academy that will enable to us to increase the amount of work we are currently able to do across the county.”

Pendlebury added, “Firstly, I’d like to thank Yorkshire Carnegie for the opportunity to begin my coaching career over the past five seasons, during which time I have enjoyed getting to grips with coaching and ultimately leading the Academy set-up. It is a great club that has a wealth of very talented young players and coaches, but more so people, and I wish them all the very best for the future.

“I’m massively looking forward to joining Wasps at what is a very exciting time for the club following the recent move up to Coventry and the more recent move for the Academy as they slowly transition to the Midlands following the new agreement that was signed off last year, which included a change to the academy boundaries.

“It’s also an exciting time for the club, with a new structure for the Academy and a new group of coaches at the helm. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me professionally and for my family and it’s one that I can’t wait to get started with. I’m really looking forward to getting to grips with a new structure, a new group of coaches and a new group of players, who we will be looking to develop into junior international representatives, senior Wasps players and ultimately senior internationals.”