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  1. Head Coach Craig Lingard has this morning named his side to face Batley Bulldogs this Sunday. Ahead of the second pre-season friendly ahead of the 2018 Betfred League One campaign, and the first home game of 2018, Lingard, as expected, has made a number of changes from last week’s defeat to Barrow in order to give more players game time ahead of the new season. Captain Josh Tonks and the half-back pairing of Matty Beharrell and Benn Hardcastle both come into the side for their first runouts of 2018 after not featuring in Cumbria last weekend. Davey Dixon and Dan Parker also come into the side to face the Bulldogs after missing the defeat to the Raiders due to illness and being involved in a motor vehicle accident respectively. Ritchie Hawkyard, Scott Law and Nathan Conroy are the other three members of the 20-man squad named by Linners to get their first taste of action this year. Last weekend’s Supporters’ Man of the Match Cameron Leeming is one of 10 players who will get their second 80 minutes of the new year along with Hamish Barnes, Mike Emmett, Andy Gabriel, Jose Kenga, Josh Lynam, Trae O’Sullivan, Adam Ryder, Liam Senior & Ryan Wright. SQUAD TO FACE BATLEY: 1 – Ritchie Hawkyard 2 – Andy Gabriel 3 – Hamish Barnes 4 – Adam Ryder 5 – Davey Dixon 7 – Matty Beharrell 8 – Scott Law 9 – Nathan Conroy 10 – Trae O’Sullivan 11 – Josh Lynam 13 – Mike Emmett 15 – Ryan Wright 17 – Cameron Leeming 18 – Josh Tonks 19 – Matthew Bailey 22 – Liam Senior 23 – Benn Hardcastle 29 – Brad Nicholson 31 – Jose Kenga 32 – Dan Parker View the full article
  2. Batley Friendly Admission Prices

    Keighley Cougars can today remind supporters of admission prices for Sunday’s pre-season friendly against the Batley Bulldogs. The friendly at Cougar Park will kick off at 2:00pm and admission prices are as follows: £10 – Adults £5 – Concessions* £1 – Juniors (17 & Under) To qualify for a concession entry, you must meet one of the following criteria: Senior Citizen aged 65+ Disabled Supporter Student Aged 17-21 (Must produce a valid NUS or Student ID card upon entry) Serving Member of the Armed Forces (Must show Military ID card upon entry) We look forward to seeing you at Cougar Park this Sunday to support the boys! View the full article
  3. We are pleased to announce that local butchers, C&L Herd Family Butchers, are sponsoring our mascot, Freddie Cougar, this season. C&L Herds are investing in a new Freddie suit and 2018 shirt to upgrade our Freddie for the coming seasons. Freddie is very pleased! View the full article
  4. Keighley Cougars will be holding open trials with the view to launch a women’s team at the club. The trials will take place at Cougar Park on Monday 29th January with a start time of 6pm. The team will be playing in the Merit League meaning fixtures will be played whenever players and opposition are available. To book your place, declare interest, more information or send your CV, please contact Darren Greenwood on darren.cougarsrlfc@gmail.com View the full article
  5. Tickets for Brendon Rawlins Testimonial Game are still available for purchase. The game will take place at Cougar Park on Sunday 4th February (3pm KO) against a Leeds Rhinos side which is set to feature as many as 10 first team players. Tickets bought before the day of the game are priced at: £10 – Adults £5 – Concessions (Seniors over 65/Disabled Supporters) £5 – Juniors Aged 12 & 16 FREE – Juniors Aged 11 Tickets for this fixture can be bought by contacting either Margaret Proctor on 07980 893003 or either Darren Lynam or Fiona Brown through Facebook. Ticket prices increase on the day of the game itself and will then be priced at: £15 – Adults £10 – Concessions (Seniors over 65/Disabled Supporters) £10 – Juniors Aged 12 & 16 £5 – Juniors Aged 11 View the full article
  6. Barrow Raiders 46-20 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport) CRAIG Lingard was left frustrated by his side’s line defence after defeat in their first outing of 2018 away at familiar foes Barrow. Despite an encouraging performance by the new look Cougars, they still shipped 8 tries as they fell to a 5th loss in 12 months at Craven Park. “I’m not one of these coaches who will come out with how we’ll take the positives, I look at the negatives and how we can improve,” said Lingard. “Our goal-line defence today was not good enough, we’ve prided ourselves throughout pre-season about working really hard on goal-line defence and bashing each other about but we didn’t bash Barrow today. “We conceded really soft tries whether it is people missing one-on-one challenges or just being lazy in defence and when I look back at the video, I will be indentifying people who were missing tackles and not working hard enough. “You can’t play a game of Rugby with just the ball in your hand, half the game is defence and if people don’t want to defend then they won’t be in my team, it’s as simple as that.” The Cougars had the games first opportunity to score but Adam Ryder knocked on just metres out from the line but it would be the home side that broke the deadlock when from dummy half, Nathan Mossop weaved through and put Joe Bullock in underneath the posts. The Cougars thought they had drawn level when Liam Senior charged down a Jamie Dallimore kick before kicking it on himself in goal but unfortunately Ryder failed to ground the ball. The visitors were punished once more as Declan Hulme broke the Keighley line and linked up with Ryan Johnston to send Luke Cresswell racing over. Keighley did finally breach the Raiders line as Cresswell missed a tackle on Harry Aaronson and Aaronson punished his opposite number by scoring from 30 metres out. The visitors were now on the ascendency and came close to levelling the scores but Hamish Barnes couldn’t get close enough to Lewis Fairhurst’s grubber. Lingard will have been pleased though as his side closed the margin to two points as Fairhurst broke the Barrow line and found the line despite the interests of Cresswell. Raiders quickly restored their advantage though when Jarrad Stack and Dan Toal linked up and the latter dived over. The half finished though on a sour note as Barrow were prevented from taking a quick tap restart resulting in a punch-up close to the line that resulted in Raiders winger Brett Carter being sent to the sin-bin. The Raiders scored the first points of the second forty when they exposed Keighley’s right edge defence for Hulme to score. Mossop extended the Barrow lead minutes later as he weaved his way underneath the uprights after the Cougars prevented Alec Susino finding the try-line. Keighley wouldn’t go down without a fight and Cameron Leeming showed the fighting spirit as with great determination he fended off 2 would be tacklers to fight his way over the Barrow line. The Raiders experience was showing though as the game entered its latter stages and Tom Walker sidestepped around a Cougars defender to add his name to the scoresheet. The Cougars fighting spirit continued to shine through and after keeping the ball alive, Keighley exposed a rare Barrow defensive lapse for Ryder to dive over. Yet again though, Barrow turned the screw and kept the ball alive themselves for Cresswell to double his tally. Dan Toal then registered his second try 3 minutes for time as he broke through a tired Keighley defensive line. View the full article
  7. Barrow Raiders v Keighley Cougars Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport) Date: Sunday 14th January Time: 2:00pm Venue: J F Hornby Stadium, Barrow-In-Furness The Cougars return to action after a 119 day wait! And they begin 2018 in the same fashion they finished 2017 back in September, with a trip to Cumbria to face familiar foes Barrow Radiers at the J F Hornby Stadium. LAST TIME OUT: Barrow secured promotion to the Betfred Championship as they grinded out a 10-6 home victory over Whitehaven in the League One Play-Off Final. Shane Toal scored both of the Raiders tries on a tense afternoon at Craven Park played in difficult conditions to secure promotion, but the game did not go without controversy with Whitehaven feeling they had a try wrongly disallowed after Dion Aiye scored there only points off the afternoon. The Cougars finished 2017 with a 32-18 defeat away at the Barrow Raiders that saw them miss out on a place in the play-offs. Neil Cherryholme marked his final game before retirement with a rare try with both Davey Dixon and Andy Gabriel also finding the line, but a spell of ill discipline in the second half saw Barrow cross for three quickfire tries to snuff out any hopes of a comeback and end Keighley’s season. TEAM NEWS: Barrow Head Coach Paul Crarey includes three of his four off-season recruits in Glenn Riley, Jono Smith and Alec Susino but will be without Dean Parata who only arrived in the UK from Australia ahead of this weekend, although Parata is expected to be in attendance at Craven Park. Crarey will also be without Captain Martin Aspinwall and winger Shane Toal who both miss out through minor injuries sustained in pre-season training. Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard has opted to leave Captain Josh Tonks and half-back pairing Matty Beharrell and Benn Hardcastle out of the side for tomorrow’s opening friendly with the trio expected to get their first runouts against Batley next weekend. Davey Dixon withdrew from the squad on Friday morning, with his place in the side taken by Reserves winger Calvin Barker. Matt Ross features in the first game of his trial period and is joined by 9 of Linners’ 13 off-season recruits. KEY BATTLE: Linners’ heads to Craven Park with a young side filled with new faces, one of which is second-row forward Liam Senior who joined the Cougars from Wakefield Trinity. Senior, who comes highly recommended from now Bradford Head Coach John Kear, find his first test in the shape of Barrow’s new signing from Rochdale Jono Smith who is considered one of the most powerful and dangerous in his position outside of the Super League. With both looking to lay down markers at their respective new clubs, it should be a physical and interesting tussle. THE SQUADS: RAIDERS: Ashall; Bullock; Carter; Crellin; Cresswell; Dallimore; Duerden; Fieldhouse; Holmes; Hulme; Johnston; Litherland; Loxam; Mossop; Riley; Smith; Stack; Susino; D Toal; Walker; Wiper. COUGARS: Aaronson; Bailey; Barker; Barnes; Emmett; Fairhurst; Gabriel; Gaylor; Hallas; Kenga; Leeming; Lumb; Lynam; Nicholson; O’Sullivan; Reed; Ross; Ryder; Senior; Wright. THE COACHES: Barrow Raiders Head Coach Paul Crarey: “I just want to come out of the pre-season games healthy. To me, it doesn’t matter about results this year. “We were unbeaten in pre-season last year and did really well in the league, but it’s about giving everybody game-time and being ready for a tough start. Probably over the first few games in the Championship we will rotate and there is no pressure on us. “We want to do really well (against London Broncos, Toronto Wolfpack and Leigh Centurions), but that’s not where we’re at. But you never know; our attitude has got to be right and people will support us if we compete. “We don’t want to roll over and die, and give every game up, we want to fight and challenge in every game we play.” Keighley Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard: “The philosophy we brought in when I joined is that we’re not bothered about people’s ages. “I wanted people who wanted to achieve something in the game, people who wanted to improve and people who wanted to get back into a higher league. I’m not particularly bothered whether you are 28 or 18 if you are good enough and have got the right attitude. “I think people have seen that. Last year we had 16 players under the age of 24 in our first team. “When people are getting released from Super League clubs at 19, 20 years old because they have not been offered a full-time deal, these players have got to look at where they going to get a chance. “If we can identify that we have given ‘x’ amount of players their debut or their chance that are not at a particular age or have particular experience of Championship or League One, then it is a big tick in the box for us and I think that certainly helps.” THE REFEREE: The man in the middle at the J F Hornby Stadium this Sunday afternoon is Bradley Milligan from Workington. A regular whistleblower on the amateur scene in the Rugby League hotbed of Cumbria, Sunday’s friendly between the Raiders and Cougars marks Milligan’s first game in charge in the semi-professional game. SUMMARY: With both sides in action for the first time in 2018 in what is expected to be tough conditions at Barrow, this game could be a close encounter. Craig Lingard will use this opening game of the season to blood in a number of his new signings with Paul Crarey looking to give all his side the maximum amount of gametime possible ahead of a tough opening to life in the Championship with London, Toronto and Leigh providing the Raiders first three opponents of 2018. Both teams have worked hard on contact and goalline defence in pre-season so the defences could decide who comes out on top in this one. View the full article
  8. Head Coach Craig Lingard has today named his first squad of the 2018 season ahead of Sunday’s opening pre-season fixture against Betfred Championship newboys, Barrow Raiders. Linners has named a 20 man squad for the traditional friendly in Cumbria which will see no fewer than 9 of his 13 new signings feature in Cougars colours for the first time. Trae O’Sullivan, who made his loan move permanent from Batley in September, is joined by fellow off-season recruits Lewis Fairhurst, Billy Gaylor, Harvey Hallas, Jose Kenga, Cameron Leeming, Joe Lumb, Liam Senior and Ryan Wright. Reserves winger Calvin Barker is also named in the side following Scotland international Davey Dixon’s withdrawal from the side on Friday morning. Keighley-born Prop Matt Ross will also feature in the first game of his month’s trial with the club after training with the first team throughout pre-season since his departure from Betfred League One rivals Hemel Stags. From last season’s squad, Player of the Year Matthew Bailey is named in the side as is the 38 try left-side pairing of Andy Gabriel and Adam Ryder. Other players selected from the 2017 side are Harry Aaronson, Hamish Barnes, Mike Emmett, Josh Lynam and Scotland Universities Captain Gavin Reed. Captain Josh Tonks and the half-back pairing of Matty Beharrell and Benn Hardcastle don’t feature in Sunday’s squad and are expected to instead get their first runouts of 2018 next Sunday when Batley Bulldogs visit Cougar Park. SQUAD TO FACE BARROW: 2 – Andy Gabriel 3 – Hamish Barnes 4 – Adam Ryder 10 – Trae O’Sullivan 11 – Josh Lynam 13 – Mike Emmett 14 – Joe Lumb 15 – Ryan Wright 16 – Harvey Hallas 17 – Cameron Leeming 19 – Matthew Bailey 20 – Lewis Fairhurst 22 – Liam Senior 24 – Gavin Reed 28 – Harry Aaronson 29 – Brad Nicholson 30 – Billy Gaylor 31 – Jose Kenga BLANK – Calvin Barker TRIALIST – Matt Ross View the full article
  9. Barrow Raiders Travel Pack by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport) It’s Cougartime once more! The Cougars begin 2018 on the road for our traditional pre-season friendly against the Barrow Raiders. GAME DETAILS: Barrow Raiders v Keighley Cougars Pre-Season Friendly J F Hornby Stadium Sunday 14th January 2018, Kick Off: 14:00 Referee: Mr B Milligan ADMISSION: Adults – £10 Concessions – £7 Child under 16 – £3 Child under 5 – Free Plus £1 Transfer to Grandstand VENUE: Craven Park, now the J F Hornby Stadium, was built in 1931, largely as a result of the efforts of supporters of Barrow RLFC, 500 of whom volunteered to construct the ground. The total cost of the building project came to £7,500 which was an unbelievable figure in those days. The stadium was named after Commander G. W. Craven, a local war hero, who had started the appeal fund with a donation of £500. It should not be confused with Craven Park, or Old Craven Park in Hull, other rugby league venues. For the visit of Wigan in the 2010 Challenge Cup improvements were made and the capacity is now 7,600 (up from 6,500). WHERE TO DRINK: The Raiders Bar is open on match days where the usual alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) drinks are available for purchase. Outside the Raiders Bar there is a catering stall, where you can purchase a selection of hot drinks and foods, burgers, pies, hotdogs, etc. There is also a shop near to the Willie Horne Stand which sells a selection of drinks, sweets and confectionary and to the right hand side of the Willie Horne Stand there is another catering venue selling hot and cold drinks and hot and cold snacks and confectionary. WHERE TO PARK: The Raiders have no parking at the ground but there is plenty of street parking nearby subject to parking regulations and also by the main entrance there is parking available in the grounds of the old factory. Behind Craven Park is a large retail park with plenty of parking, although you should be wary of parking regulations. TRAVEL: COACH: There are still a limited number of seats available on the Fun Bus, please contact Wendy Holder or Roger Hopkins for more information. BY CAR, POSTCODE FOR THE SAT NAV:LA14 1XP SUGGESTED ROUTE: (78.5 miles, 1hr 56min) Turn Right onto the A650. At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A629. (Skipton) At Roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A629. (Skipton) At Roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A629. (Kendal) At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A65. (Kendal) At Roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A65. (Kendal) At Roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A65. (Kendal) At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (M6, Kendal) At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow) At Brettargh Holt Junction branch left, then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A590. (Barrow) Continue forward onto the A590, Entering Lake District National Park. At Meathop roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow) At Newby Bridge roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A590. (Barrow, Ulverston) At Greenodd Roundabout continue forward onto the A590. (Barrow) At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow) At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow) At Cross-A-Moor Junction continue forward onto the A590. (Barrow) At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A590. (Barrow) Turn left onto Duke Street. Turn right onto Anson Street. Turn left onto Willie Horne Way. Arrive on Willie Horne Way. BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: TRAIN: 09:07 from Keighley, arriving in Lancaster at 10:38. TRAIN: 11:32 from Lancaster, arriving in Barrow-In-Furness at 12:36. TRAIN: 18:03 from Barrow-In-Furness, arriving in Carnforth at 18:53. TRAIN: 19:34 from Carnforth, arriving in Keighley at 20:49. View the full article
  10. Keighley Cougars would like to remind all sponsors and supporters that the sponsors and 2018 shirt presentation evening takes place tonight (11th January) at Cougar Park. The evening gets underway at 7:30pm and features a whole host of festivites. Club Ambassador Garry Schofield OBE will be discussing his new role at the club and there will be a presentation on the new projector installed in the executive suite. 2017 players sponsors will be presented with the respective players jerseys and the 2018 players sponsors will present their chosen players with his new jersey ahead of the forthcoming season. The 2018 playing squads try songs will also be debuted this evening with the players choosing their own tunes for when they cross the line. There will be an opportunity to put your questions for the 2018 season to the coaching staff and playing squad and supporters and sponsors will be able to sample food from the new 2018 hospitality menu and give feedback to the board of directors and executive commitee. Match, Players and Coaching Staff sponsorship opportunites are still available and can be purchased or reserved at this evening’s event. We hope to see you down at Cougar Park for what promises to be a cracking night! View the full article
  11. The Rugby Football League is delighted to announce that Betfred will become the title partner of the Championship and League 1 until 2019, meaning that the UK based bookmakers now sponsor all three professional tiers of the sport. Betfred have two years remaining on their Super League title sponsorship agreement and following a fantastic first year in the sport have decided to increase their involvement in the game by becoming title partner of the top three tiers of the sport. Speaking following the announcement, acting Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, said: “We are delighted that Betfred have extended their involvement in the sport to the Championship and League 1. Betfred’s first year involved in the Super League was an unquestionable success and I am certain that they will bring the passion and enthusiasm to their extended sponsorship. “The Championship and League 1 provide great entertainment and are an integral part of the game and the fact that Betfred have extended their sponsorship to these tiers of the sport demonstrates the value they see in being involved in Rugby League. The Betfred Championship is now one of the most geographically diverse competitions in the world including teams from Toronto, Toulouse and London and with this new deal I am certain both competitions will go from strength to strength. The partnership will see brand exposure for Betfred via in-stadia perimeter at all Championship and League 1 clubs as well as supporting the Championship’s big weekend, the Summer Bash at Blackpool in May when all six games will be shown live on Sky Sports. Speaking about the partnership, Betfred boss Fred Done, said: “Our first year as title sponsors of Super League was both a very successful and satisfying one for me and I had no hesitation in agreeing to extend our sponsorship to the Championship and League 1.” View the full article
  12. Reserves Friendly Postponed

    Keighley Cougars friendly against Brighouse Rangers this evening has been postponed. The decision was made due to a waterlogged pitch at 9:30 this morning following a pitch inspection at Cougar Park. With immediate work set to be carried out on the pitch ahead of the first team’s first home friendly against Batley Bulldogs on Sunday 21st January, the decision was made to postpone this fixture in order to protect the playing surface at Cougar Park. The friendly has been re-arranged at Cougar Park for Wednesday 24th January with a 7:30pm kick off. View the full article
  13. Keighley Cougars are today delighted to announce we are entering into an historic partnership with the Canadian Rugby League Association. The partnership will see the Canada Rugby League Association become the sponsors of Cougars Head Coach Craig Lingard for the 2018 season as one of a number of initivatives between the two organisations. Members of the Canada Wolverines National Men’s Side will travel to England to train with the Cougars following the completion of the Canadian domestic season with the Keighley Cougars Reserves side formally invited to travel to Canada for a two match tour at the back end of the 2019 season. Rugby League is a fast expanding sport in Canada with the Toronto Wolfpack averaging crowds of over 7,000 spectators in their debut season which saw them crowned League One Champions on the back of winning the League One Leaders Shield. The Canadian Ravens Women’s National Team were Bronze Medal Finalists at the last Commonwealth Games in 2014, losing to Wales, and reached the semi-finals of last Autumn’s World Cup where they were defeated by hosts and eventual winners Australia. The Canadian domestic competition is expanding on the back of the publicity and success of the Wolfpack and Women’s National side with 16 teams across 3 regions competing in the forthcoming season. Canada will also co-host the 2025 Rugby League World Cup following last year’s announcement from the RLIF that the Maple Leaf nation will joint host Rugby League’s premier international tournament with the United States of America. Speaking about the partnership, Canadian Rugby League Association Board Member and Keighley Cougars supporter Darren Mabbott said: “The new board of directors at Canada Rugby League wanted to form some new partnerships to expand the brand of Canada and hopefully Keighley aswell. “Because of the early 90’s during the height of Cougarmania people in Rugby League still have a soft spot for Keighley and Rugby League wouldn’t be what it is today without the Cougars and the level of popularity the club still has means this partnership can only go from strength to strength. “The overall aim though for the partnership is more publicity for the Canadian game and the Cougars and form a working partnership for players in the Canadian domestic game and have some of them come to the UK and train with Keighley and we may unearth the next Jason Demetriou (Former Cougars Head Coach & Canadian international) but we want to move into the top 10 sides in the world and the parntership with Keighley will help us achieve that goal. “The Cougars faced the Toronto Wolfpack this year and the Wolfpack have taken Rugby League in Canada up to a completely different level in terms of the standard of the game, attendances and because of this a lot more people in Canada now know of Rugby League because of the increased publicity and it’s not just hot now in Canada but in the United States also. “Outside of the Wolfpack, there’s 12 teams across Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia in the domestic competition but this link with Keighley will hopefully make the domestic stronger and produce a better quality of player and Rugby League. “The 2025 World Cup is a major event for Canada and the United States as it’s not a traditional nation and will take the profile and standard of the game in both countries will increase as it will provide valuable for experience for everyone involved to test themselves against the top nations such as Australia, England and New Zealand. “It was my suggestion to forge the partnership with the Keighley Cougars as I’m a supporter of the club for 30 years and after speaking to Craig Lingard, things are looking good.” View the full article
  14. Reserves Head Coach Scott Lindsey has today named his side as the Reserves prepare to begin there 2018 programme against Brighouse Rangers. The pre-season friendly takes place at Cougar Park this Wednesday (10th January) evening with a 7:30pm kick-off. Admission for this fixture is £3 for Adults and Concessions with Juniors admission being just £1. This is the first of three scheduled friendlies for the reserves with Super League pair Huddersfield Giants (31st January) and Wigan Warriors (21st February) also due to visit Cougar Park in the lead up to the new season. Lindsey has named a 20 man squad to face Brighouse, which includes 9 debutants joining 11 players the club has retained from the 2017 season. Luke Barnes, Cain Crotty, Miles Darwin, Ethan Egerton-Sharp, Ben Jackson, Joshua Murray, Jay Panter, Tim Stubbs and Harry Williams are all new to Cougar Park for 2018 and will all done the Red, White and Green for the first time against the Rangers this Wednesday evening. Calvin Barker and Scotland Students International Luke Walters will both feature after a pre-season which saw the pair invited to train with the first team by Head Coach Craig Lingard. Jak Adams, Jack Brown, Bradley Clarkson, George Kinnaird, Aaron Levy, Keenan McConville, Aaron Nowell, Luke Robinson and Callum Smithson also return from last season’s squad for this season. The Reserves Championship fixture list will be released in due course with the Cougars joined by Halifax, Leigh, Wakefield and Wigan in this season’s league campaign. RESERVES SQUAD TO FACE BRIGHOUSE: Jak Adams Calvin Barker Luke Barnes Jack Brown Bradley Clarkson Cain Crotty Miles Darwin Ethan Egerton-Sharp Ben Jackson George Kinnaird Aaron Levy Keenan McConville Joshua Murray Aaron Nowell Jay Panter Luke Robinson Callum Smithson Tim Stubbs Luke Walters Harry Williams View the full article
  15. Cougars Complete Parker Capture

    Keighley Cougars can this afternoon announce the capture of Dan Parker from League One rivals Newcastle Thunder. A utility player, Parker can cover a number of positions including centre, second-row, half-back and wing and arrives at Cougar Park following two years in the North-East. Originally from Hull, Dan came through the ranks at amateur side West Hull before relocating to study at Leeds Beckett University where he was a part of the Beckett side that completed a run of 11 titles in a row and earning international honours with the Scottish Universities side, coached by current Cougars Assistant Coach Nathan Graham. His performances in the student game caught the eye of Coventry Bears Head Coach Tom Tsang who took Parker to the Butts Park Arena where he became an influential part of the Bears side during their debut season in the semi-professional game finishing the year as the club’s top points scorer From there, Dan moved north to Kingston Park as he became one of Michael Mantelli’s first signings for the Thunder and went on to make 42 appearances over two seasons in which time he scored 11 tries and converted 22 goals as well as helping the side lift the League One Shield in 2016 and beat both Doncaster and the Cougars to a top five finish in 2017. We can also confirm that Parker has been allocated the number 32 jersey for the forthcoming 2018 season. The Cougars are delighted to welcome Dan to Cougar Park and look forward to seeing him in Cougars colours! If you would like to sponsor Dan Parker for the 2018 season, please follow this link: https://keighleycougars.com/online-store/sponsor-a-first-team-player/ View the full article