Harris leaves Featherstone

FEATHERSTONE Rovers star Iestyn Harris has quit the club after deciding to retire from playing by taking up the offer of a full-time coaching role with Super League side Celtic Crusaders.

Iestyn Harris has officially announced his retirement as a player following his appointment to the coaching staff of Celtic Crusaders.

The 33-year-old former dual-code international has been appointed as assistant to new head coach Brian Noble, working alongside first-team coach Jon Sharp, at the Crusaders.

Harris had 12 months left on his playing contract at Featherstone - but Rovers have agreed to release him.

He said: "I certainly won't be playing from now on. I've had a great career and really enjoyed it, but you've got to move.

"I felt pretty fresh as a player but I think this is the right decision."

Harris, who had six years in rugby union with Cardiff and Wales, was linked with a move to the Crusaders when they landed a place in Super League 12 months ago.

"To be involved in a Welsh team in Super League is pretty special," he said.

"I spoke to them last year but I didn't think it was right for me at the time. But I got really excited about Brian's plans with the Crusaders for the next two years and I felt I could add something to that.

"This was the first-choice job for me to start on the coaching ladder, and in the long term I aim to be a Super League head coach."