Keighley Cougars can this evening announce the appointment of Josh Tonks as the new first team captain of Keighley Cougars.
26 year old Tonks steps into the void left by his predecessor James ‘Buster’ Feather who retired following the conclusion of the 2017 season to join Craig Lingard’s coaching staff making Josh the club’s first new captain in a decade.
Since arriving to the club in November 2016 following his departure from League One rivals York City Knights the second-row forward has made 20 appearances for the club, crossing the tryline on 7 occassions.
‘Tonka’ has also brought a hard running and aggressive style of play that has seen the back-rower win many plaudits on and off the field for his performances in Red, White and Green to date.
Speaking of the decision to appoint Josh as Captain, Head Coach Craig Lingard said: “With Buster retiring we looked at a select group of players to take over the role of team captain and Josh Tonks stood out as the ideal candidate.
“As a player you need a captain that leads from the front and one that you want standing by you when the going gets tough.
“I know if I were playing and Tonka was stood next to me I’d follow him into battle any day of the week.”