Ex-Super League star confirms immediate retirement thanks to shock coaching decision

Keighley Cougars have announced they have parted company with head coach Rhys Lovegrove with immediate effect as confirmed on the club’s Facebook page.

CEO Ryan O’Neill said: “We would like to thank Rhys for his commitment and service to the club and it is disappointing that results have not reflected the hard work and commitment that he has undoubtedly shown. He leaves with our very best wishes.”

Rhys Lovegrove said: “Having been at the club 4 years it has been a honour and privilege to lead the club as head coach. I would like to thank the performance staff, some often going above and beyond, and the players and I wish all concerned the very best for the future.”

Assistant Coach and Jamaica International, Jy-mel Coleman will take over as head coach on an interim basis with the support of Jordie Hedges, Dean Muir and Jake Webster who steps up as Director of Rugby.

It is this decision that has prompted Webster to retire completely as he confirmed at a fan Q and A event.

He said:

“In short, I have now retired. The DOR role takes me away from the playing field and the job the club need me to do now is bigger than playing.”

He also explained whether there are plans to replace Luke Gale after his move to Wakefield Trinity:

“Luke Gale was a luxury. He was great for Keighley and the community, and it put the spotlight on us.  But it gives Dane Chisholm a chance to step up and control the team. He is an X-Factor. He has every opportunity to step up and take this team forward now and there’s no real reason to replace Luke.”

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