Following a series of tests and examinations, Rhys Lovegrove has today been medically cleared to resume his playing career.

This decision by doctors and experts has seen Rhys register as a player with immediate effect, handing over Head Coach duties to his now former assistant Dean Muir ahead of the 2021 Betfred League One season in the process.

Forced to retire prematurely in 2017 following a series of concussions, Lovegrove recently showed interest in a return to the field.

The former Hull Kingston Rovers man has now been given the green light to play once more after passing a series of tests led by three leading concussion experts, similar to that of professional wrestler Daniel Bryan in 2018.

There will also be hope for ‘Lovers’ that a strong season on the field will also help him force his way into the Scotland squad for this autumn’s Rugby League World Cup.

Speaking about this sensational turn of events, newly appointed Keighley Cougars Head Coach Dean Muir managed to put into words the whirlwind last few days.

“It is a great honour to finally fulfil my dream of being the Cougars Head Coach,” admitted Muir.

“With us now into April, and the League One season only a month away, I’d of been a fool to turn down such an opportunity.

“It will be a proud day for myself and Rhys when Doncaster visit with it being my first game in charge of the first team and Lovers first game as a player in 3 years.

“I am grateful to Ryan O’Neill for asking me to step into the hot seat once Rhys got medically cleared.

“I would like to thank not just Ryan, but also Rhys and all his predecessors I have worked under over the last 12 years.

“The first of April 2021 shall truly be a date that neither myself or Rhys will ever forget.”

By Joshua Chapman