New job at Rovers for Crooks

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FORMER Great Britain prop Lee Crooks is joining Featherstone Rovers as their new general manager next Monday.

In a newly-created role, ex-Castleford, Leeds and Hull player Crooks (pictured) will work alongside Rovers head coach Daryl Powell and assistant coach Ryan Sheridan to maximise the Rovers youth development pathway system.

It will include coach support, sports science, medicine, lifestyle and recruitment. The role will also include providing support to the club’s scholarship set up.

Crooks will also be responsible for strengthening links in the local community, particularly with Featherstone Technology College, as well as business development of the club as a whole.

Crooks said: “Having an opportunity to get back into rugby league was something I couldn’t refuse.

“Sometimes you think it won’t come along but I have tried to continue to develop myself and now it has paid off. Joining Featherstone Rovers provides another exciting part of my career in the game and hopefully I will be able to add some more experience and value in their Super League licence application.”

“The club has developed immensely under Mark Campbell and Daryl Powell and I believe there are exciting times ahead.

“I am leaving a company in Aqumen Recruitment who have given me a new insight into management and allowed me to develop other qualities which will be invaluable going forward in my career.”

Rovers chief executive Craig Poskitt said: “I’d like to welcome Lee to Featherstone Rovers and look forward to working with him. Lee brings a wealth of experience and contacts from the world of rugby league that will be an invaluable asset to the club. To realise our Destination Super League ambitions, we must operate like a Super League club at all levels of the business and Lee will play a major part in our growth.”