Rovers head coach departs

Featherstone have parted company with head coach Jon Sharp after two years in charge at the club.

Despite his contract due to expire at the end of the month, Sharp’s departure is a surprising one considering the club’s impressive season.

Rovers are currently third in the Championship and will announce a new head coach within the next 24 hours as they prepare to take part in the Qualifiers next month.

Assistant coach Danny Evans and head of strength and conditioning Billy Mallinson have also left the club.

Chairman Mark Campbell said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jon for his efforts over the past couple of years.

“A decision to bring in a new head coach for 2018 has been taken and we feel leaving Jon in charge for the Qualifiers, only for him to depart in October, would make little sense.

“He leaves with our best wishes and we are now looking forward to seeing how our Super 8s campaign unfolds.

“We are aiming high and expect to leave a mark this time around.”

Sharp added: “It is with pride I look back at the successes we achieved, with highlights being the 2015 Championship Shield win over London and us becoming the first part-time team to achieve back-to-back top-four finishes – and a Challenge Cup quarter-final game.

“I want to thank the fans who have been amazing. To my staff, I thank them for their support and loyalty and to the players, who have been a pleasure to coach and a joy to work with.”