Departing Featherstone hooker Andy Ellis has paid tribute to coach Jon Sharp.
Ellis, who is taking a year off from the game to do a full-time teacher training course at university, believes Sharp is the right man for the club.
“I have enjoyed working under Jon Sharp and believe he has the right stuff to take Featherstone forward,” said 30-year-old Ellis, who has also played for Hull KR, Barrow, London and Wakefield.
“Jon has brought the team together like never before and I want to personally thank him for the time he has been at Featherstone and especially for allowing me to play the full 80 minutes of the Championship Shield final.
“Hopefully I will be back playing rugby league in the 2017 season after I qualify as a teacher and I look forward to visiting Post office road again, as a fan or even a player.”
Ellis has also paid tribute to the Rovers club and fans.
He added: “I want to thank Featherstone Rovers for giving me the opportunity to play some exciting and enjoyable rugby league over the past three and a bit years.
“A big thank you to Mark Campbell (Rovers chairman), all the past coaches, players and staff that we’ve had through the years. They gave me a chance to play some outstanding rugby league for an outstanding and historic rugby club.
“I cant forget the fans, the fans that turn up every week, come rain and shine, without fail. There would be no Featherstone Rovers without the fans.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Featherstone, both the club and its fans have been superb since I have been here and I have made some great friends.
“I wish that I could stay and fulfill the remaining year on my contract. Rugby has been my life since my professional debut 13 years ago.
“However, with life passing by as quick as it does, I have an opportunity to develop my career in teaching, one that I couldn’t miss.”