RFL confirm departure of Jon Sharp

The RFL has confirmed that Head of Match Officials, Jon Sharp has left the organisation, with TotalRL.com understanding that Sharp is set to be named the new coach at the Championship side, Featherstone Rovers.

Sharp joined the RFL in January 2011, initially as a technical advisor, following a career as a player with Hull FC and Featherstone Rovers, and a coach with Great Britain, St Helens, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC and Crusaders RL.

“We would like to thank Jon for his contribution,” said RFL Chief Operating Officer, Ralph Rimmer, “in what has been an exciting period of transition for the game.

“As a former player and first team coach, Jon brought a fresh perspective to the Match Officials department, and he has played an important role in the development of our sport’s referees and touch-judges, at the elite level.

“Jon leaves with our best wishes.”

“The last three and a half years have been some of the most rewarding of my career,” said Jon Sharp.  I am pleased to have had the opportunity to work alongside a group of match officials whose professionalism and expertise is world class.

“The sport has made the most of new opportunities, as they emerged from the new era, and I have no doubt that the Rugby League Match Officials will build on the high standards we have set.”