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Matthew Bailey joined the Keighley Cougars ahead of the 2013 season as one of Paul March’s first signings following his appointment as Player-Coach.

A graduate of the Bradford Bulls academy, where he joined the Cougars from, Matt suffered a serious leg break during a pre-season fixture away at the Barrow Raiders.

After missing nearly the entierity of the 2013 Championship season, ‘Bails’ finally made his senior debut in a 32-28 defeat at home to the Dewsbury Rams before going on to make a further four appearances later on in the season.

Matt made a single appearance for the Cougars senior squad away at Batley during the 2014 season despite appearing for the Under 20’s side on a regular basis but did make nine appearances on loan at Championship One side Hemel Stags.

Whilst relegation hit the club, it proved to be a blessing in disguise for ‘Bails’ as he became a mainstay in the Cougars squad and impressed with his performances to become a so called ‘unsung hero’ including a try in a Man of the Match display in the Grand Final defeat away at the Oldham Roughyeds.

2016 saw Bailey continue his string of impressive performances, earning himself a regular starting Prop Forward spot in what proved a difficult season for the club but he was a part of the side that beat York in Blackpool to lift the iPro Sport Cup.


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