Feather warns against further heartbreak

Keighley Cougars player-coach James Feather has urged the game not to rush back into action, insisting that player safety needs to be paramount in any decision to return to the pitch.

The 36 year-old was captain at the Cougars when Danny Jones (pictured) collapsed on the pitch and passed away in 2015.

Having already been through that tragedy, Feather does not want his club or any others to have to go through the heartbreak of mourning another player and team-mate.

“We are all missing our rugby but safety is paramount,” said Feather.

“Each individual has to be more focused on his family rather than on playing sport just now.

“Yes I am desperate to get back playing, but something like this cannot be rushed.

“It would be heartbreaking for Rugby League or any sport if it came back too early and there was a fresh outbreak and players lost their lives.

“We have seen tragedy in this game before. I would never want to go through anything like that again and lose another player, or any of their family during this.

“We have to follow government guidelines and keep everyone safe.

“We don’t want to be one of the first sports to come back and then fail.

“At this moment in time player and fan safety is the most important thing.”