Shock as Featherstone Rovers coach leaves position with immediate effect

Featherstone Rovers have made a surprise decision.

They have announced the immediate departure of assistant coach Leon Pryce.

This comes as the club transitions to a more full time training regime.

The club made the following statement:

“As the Club start to prepare for the business end of the season, we have made some changes to our backroom structure to plan ahead for the rest of the season that will see the squad transition to a schedule closer to that of a full-time team.

“As part of this change, some minor changes have been made to the coaching team with Leon Pryce leaving his role as assistant coach and the appointment of a new full-time Strength and Conditioning Coach.  Leon leaves the club with our best wishes, he has made a significant contribution to the team’s preparations throughout this season as well as being a key player in establishing an environment that players have relished.  We understand that Leon has a full-time job away from rugby and that it is in his family’s best interests that he cannot make the change to a full-time coaching role.

“Martin Roden has also left his post as Strength and Conditioning Coach, making way for Jamie Bell to take on a full-time role.

Director of rugby James Ford added: “With the majority of our players being available throughout the day, it makes sense that we spend as much time as possible on the field to ensure we are the best version of ourselves as we head towards the business end of the season.  We are now transitioning into a hybrid model where the players can optimise their S&C, recovery, review and field work.  This makes the best use of the resources at our disposal. Both move on with our very best wishes and we thank them for their considerable efforts and impact this year.  Jamie Bell will join as a full-time S&C Coach, Ian Hardman will take on greater responsibility, particularly around coaching defence. I’ll also continue to grow into my role and support the coaching team wherever needed”