Coach Morgan to leave Hull KR
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Friday 05 August 2011
Justin Morgan is to leave Hull KR at the end of the season, making Rovers the third Yorkshire club seeking a new coach. Morgan arrived at Craven Park from Toulouse in 2005 and steered the Robins into Super League the year after. Since then, they have twice reached the Super League play-offs, although they are in danger of missing out this time.
"The club has given me a great opportunity and I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here," the Australian said. "They have been very supportive in giving me permission to speak to other clubs, despite the fact that I'm under contract."
One of those clubs is certainly Castleford, who have known for several weeks that they are going to need a replacement for Terry Matterson. Another obvious candidate for Cas is John Kear, who is leaving Wakefield at the end of this campaign.
This is where it gets complicated, however, because Kear and, conceivably, Matterson could also be contenders for the Hull KR job.
On top of that, the Australian club Canterbury have drawn up a short-list that is thought to include the names of Morgan and Matterson, as well as Huddersfield's Nathan Brown.
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