Fawcett in search of promotion after iPro Cup success

Keighley Cougars chairman Gary Fawcett has backed Paul March to guide the club back to the Championship after winning the iPro Sport Cup.

The Cougars’ victory secured their first ever trophy from a knockout competition and ended an unwanted record of losing in finals after coming up short in both the promotion final and play-off final last year.

With the Cougars securing the first silverware of the year, Fawcett is now focused on the club returning to the Championship.

“The most important thing is to get promoted,” Fawcett told TotalRL.

“We’ve shown we can win a final now, when we have been a bit suspect doing that over the past couple of years. It’s a lovely feeling to have won the cup, now we have to push on for promotion.

“I know the club is good enough to stay in the Championship once we get there, but we need to get there first.”

The Cougars have gone through a difficult period, with relegation, the death of Danny Jones and two failed attempts at promotion all occurring in the last two years.

“We’ve had a difficult 20 months,” Fawcett said.

“But we knew if we kept plugging away and doing the right things we would get our day in the sun.

“It was really nice to have people and clubs in rugby league sending us messages up and down the country. It just shows that Rugby League is one big family.”