KEIGHLEY COUGARS’ plans for a £5 million redevelopment of their main stand have been submitted to Bradford Council.
Plans are in place to use the current steel frame of the stand as part of a new design offering a host of facilities to the club and local community.
The work would see a new capacity of 870 seats with terracing at the front, and would be carried out in several phases over the course of around five years.
New changing rooms, a gym, classrooms and function suites would also be included.
SHEFFIELD EAGLES have appointed former RFL elite coach development manager Martin Crick in a role working with the coaches on the club’s youth performance pathway.
Initially working with coaches in the scholarship environment, Crick will also aid the development of coaches working with both the Academy under-20s and Hallam Eagles squads
Eagles head of youth development Darren Higgins said: “Martin has worked extensively in Rugby League supporting the development of Super League and international coaches and leading the way on the implementation of the UKCC level 3 programme and the player-to-coach programme.
“Martin also has wider experience in relation to coach development from his time working at Sports Coach UK. I have no doubt that he will add significant value to the development of coaches working on our youth performance pathway.”
HALIFAX coach Karl Harrison will give several young players the chance to earn the three squad numbers he has so far left blank.
Harrison was set to field winger Jarrad Ward, fullback Joe Martin and outside back Josh Casey against Batley on Sunday.
Harrison said: “All of them have trained with the first-team squad during the pre-season and we need to have a look at them now.”
Adam Robinson was unavailable with a pelvic strain, but is expected to feature against Featherstone.
NORTH WALES CRUSADERS will take on partner club Widnes Vikings in a friendly at the Super League club’s home this Sunday, January 19.
It will be the Crusaders’ first outing in their pre-season schedule, which will also see them face Leigh Centurions, Hemel Stags and Doncaster.
The Widnes fixture, which kicks off at 3.00pm, will be classified as a home game for Crusaders due to the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium being unavailable.
Only the south stand will be open for this fixture, with tickets, which can be purchased on the gate, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.
FEATHERSTONE ROVERS coach John Bastian is monitoring four first-team injuries at present.
Scotland World Cup star Ben Hellewell is rated as being two to three weeks away from returning from a shin splints complaint.
Kyle Briggs is nearing the end of his recovery from a knee reconstruction, while Andy Bostock and Andy Kain are making good progress from groin injuries.
Bastian hopes that both Bostock and Kain will take some part in either the Halifax or Castleford friendlies.