Richard Horne confirmed as new Doncaster head coach

Richard Horne, the former Hull FC and Great Britain player, has been named the new head coach of Doncaster.

The 34-year-old will take on the role after Gary Thornton was removed from his post last month.

Horne, who retired in 2014 after a 17-year career with Hull FC, has been one of Lee Radford’s assistant coaches at the Challenge Cup holders since calling time on his playing days.

But he will take up his first role as a head coach at the League 1 club, who are currently 5th in the table.

He made his Hull debut as a 16-year-old in 1998 and ended his playing days as a one-club man, making almost 400 appearances for the Black and Whites.

Horne appeared in the 2005 Challenge Cup final victory over Leeds Rhinos, the 2006 Grand Final and 2008 Challenge Cup Final and played for Great Britan 12 times, along will call-ups for Scotland and Yorkshire.

“It’s been in the process for a couple of weeks now so it’s nice to finally get the deal done and I can’t wait to get started,” Horne said.

“It was a job that interested me and after speaking to Carl I wanted to come down and work with the lads.

“We’ve got a good squad here, I know quite a lot of the lads and they’re a good bunch. There is a good togetherness within the squad at the minute and that is something I want to build on.

There is no reason why we can’t push for promotion and I think that Rhys, Pete and myself can work together and build on the success we’ve had in recent weeks and really kick on for the rest of the season.”

His appointment will further strengthen links between Hull FC and Doncaster, with the two clubs currently in a healthy dual-registration agreement that was established several years ago.