This afternoon, the Cougars can confirm the futures of six more of the 2014 playing squad.
The club can first confirm the Props trio of Scott Law, Jode Sheriffe and Neil Cherryholme have all agreed deals to stay with the club in Kingstone Press League One.
Scott Law, known as ‘Judge’, will now enter a seventh season with the Cougars, further cementing his place as one of the club’s longest serving players and will hopefully bring a third promotion for Scott with the club during that time.
For Neil Cherryholme, this will take the quietly spoken prop forward into a fourth season with the club since joining from Halifax at the conclusion of the 2011 Championship season in which he was a part of 2011 Grand Final winning squad.
The new deal for Jode Sheriffe will take the twice capped Jamaica international into a fourth campaign as a Keighley Cougars player, as with Cherryholme.
Keighley are sad to announce the departure of three more players following yesterday’s announcement of Sean Hesketh and Josh Lynam’s decision to leave the club.
First, centre James Haley has announced his retirement from the game after his current deal came to an end after defeat to Featherstone on the final day of the season.
James joined Cougars from Halifax prior to the start of the 2013 season but departed shortly after for a brief stint in Australia before returning to the club halfway through the season and cementing his place as a first choice centre. Despite missing the end of 2013 and the start of 2014 due to a broken leg sustained away at Workington towards the end of that campaign, Haley managed to rack up 9 tries in 19 appearances for the club.
Speaking to the club’s Media Manager Joshua Chapman, James said: “I’m getting old though now ain’t i! I’ll definitely be down to support next year though.”
The second of the three departures is that of full back James Craven after just one season with the club.
Recruited from Dewsbury as a replacement for the departed Craig Moss prior to this season, James made 23 apperances and scored 12 tries despite being troubled by a groin problem throughout the campaign. James is expected to move back into the Kingstone Press Championship with a number of clubs after the full back’s signature.
The final player to be leaving the club this Monday is utility forward Jack Lee, also after just one year at Cougar Park.
A product of the Featherstone academy, Jack joined from the Rovers and made 14 appearances, scoring 2 tries in that time. However, following the return of James ‘Buster’ Feather from injury midway through the campaign, Lee found opportunities limited although he did feature in the Challenge Cup Quarter Final defeat away at Widnes Vikings. Jack has moved back into the amateur ranks, signing with Castleford based Fryston Warriors.
The Keighley Cougars would like to wish both James’s and Jack all the best in their future endeavours.