Keighley already targeting Super 8s in 2016

Keighley Cougars are targeting a spot in the Super 8s next year – that’s the view of chairman Gary Fawcett, who wants the club to come “roaring” out of League 1 this season.

Following their controversial relegation at the end of 2014, the Cougars are faced with the prospect of battling their way out of the third tier of domestic Rugby League in 2015, as opposed to playing in the Championship.

But Fawcett is already looking ahead to next year, saying that they want to finish inside the Championship’s top four in 2016 before taking on Super League opposition in the Super 8s.

“I want us to come roaring out of League One with the strategy already set to achieve a top-seven finish in the 2016 season – that means no lower than third place in the bottom Super Eight division,” Fawcett said.

“This, I believe, is a challenge that our club can meet. After that, who knows for 2017?

“If we perform with style and achieve our objectives I can see decent crowds turning up for our home games.

“After all the town of Keighley is the UK’s third largest parish by population at 90,000 and Featherstone, with a town population of only 15,000, get double our average attendances.”