Rowse wins NCL player of year award

National Conference League Player of the Year Daniel Rowse, of Lock Lane, receives his award from David Gent at the RFL BARLA End of Year Awards. Picture: John Rushworth
National Conference League Player of the Year Daniel Rowse, of Lock Lane, receives his award from David Gent at the RFL BARLA End of Year Awards. Picture: John Rushworth
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Lock Lane scrum-half Danny Rowse scooped the 2013 Hattons Solicitors National Conference League player of the year award.

Rowse was rewarded for an excellent season which saw him rack up 187 points to help the Castleford side side to a third-place finish in the Premier Division on their return to the top-flight.

Despite missing three games while on the BARLA tour to Australia, Rowse was named man of the match 11 times from 24 appearances and scored seven tries and kicked 77 goals.

Danny’s father Martin Rowse resigned as Lock Lane head coach on Friday to accept an offer to return to his former club Hunslet Warriors as their head coach after they won promotion to the NCL’s top-flight for the first time.

Lock Lane’s committee have decided to invite outside applications as their new head coach to replace Rowse.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, December 24.

An initial approach should be made via e-mail to locklane.ncl@outlook.com by that date.

A shortlist will be interviewed by the selection committee shortly afterwards with a view to pre-season training starting the first week in January.

Lock Lane secretary Dean Elliott said: “On a personal note, I would like to thank Martin for his efforts for the club and wish him success against all other opponents barring us.

“Martin was the most successful Lock Lane coach in the NCL era with a 75 per cent success rate that compares favourably with anybody coaching rugby league.

“He clinched promotion twice, winning the regional group in the last winter transition season, and gained Lock Lane’s highest ever finishing position (third) since joining the league in 1989.”

Martin Rowse takes over at Hunslet from Simon Peach who has stepped down due to work commitments after styeering them to the Premier Division.

Rowse said: “I have made many friends at the Lane and have enjoyed coaching a fantastic set of players who have achieved a great deal in such a short time.

”This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make, but it was always my long term intention to return home one day to the Warriors in a coaching capacity and the opportunity came sooner than I expected.”

Hunslet Warriors chairman Laurie Baker, a long-term friend of the Rowse family, approached Martin following Lane’s 2013 campaign with the offer to return as head coach.

Baker said: “We are encouraged by this appointment and are looking to strengthen the squad and have potential new signings in the pipeline as well as players returning from injury.”