KEIGHLEY Cougars can today announce the departure of Scott Murrell from the club.

‘Muzza’ departs Cougar Park after two and a half years with the club to join the coaching set-up at Betfred Super League club Castleford Tigers as a full-time Assistant Coach to Lee Radford and also as Head Coach of the Reserves side at The Jungle.

Speaking of his decision to depart the club, Murrell said: “I’ve loved my time at Keighley, and it is a club that took me to their heart and made me and my family feel welcome from the very start.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to the club, especially Ryan and Kaue, for being understanding and allowing me to move on to take on this exciting new opportunity for myself at Castleford.

“I’ve really enjoyed it at Keighley because it is a great club and they’ve got their aspirations to go places now.

“Obviously to retire with Keighley after getting promoted was a really nice way to go out on a high.

“After nearly two decades of playing, it finally started to take its toll on my body but I’m now looking forward to getting started with this coaching role.

“I will miss the club and the fans dearly but I’m excited to take on this new challenge in my Rugby League career with Castleford.”

Arriving at Cougar Park in August 2020 from the Halifax Panthers, Scott quickly cemented himself as a key figure within the club and a favourite amongst his teammates and the Keighley faithful with his passionate style of play and sense of humour off the field.

His leadership and experience over the past two seasons have seen Scott become a vital cog in the machine as the club has transformed for one that finished second bottom of the professional game to being promoted as League 1 Champions with a 100% winning record in 2022.

And back in August, he brought the curtain down on his professional career that saw him make near to 450 appearances and win countless honours both teamwise and individually with the 5 clubs he turned out for throughout his 20-year stint in the professional game.

Everyone here at the Keighley Cougars would like to thank Scott for his contributions to the clubs success these past two seasons and wish him all the best in his new adventure with Castleford.

Thank you Muzza, for everything.

By Joshua Chapman