Keighley Cougars can today announce the appointment of long term Cougar veteran Matt Foster as Head Coach.

Foster spent 11 of his 13 professional seasons at Cougars and was a consistent force for the club as a centre/full back and now returns in a coaching capacity.

Matt has spent the last 10 years as coach at Burleigh Bears and in his time there has worked with the Queensland Cup First Team and A Grade securing 6 Grand Final appearances with 3 wins for the latter.

Speaking of his desire to return to Keighley Matt said “This all happened within 36 hours or so. I’ve been following Keighley this season from the Gold Coast and when the phone call came through last week it was a fairly quick and easy decision for me to make.”

“I am looking forward to meeting the players and understanding their strengths and weaknesses as well as reintroducing myself to the fans. I left in 2007 and I still see the hardened followers on social media and I am just looking forward to getting my hands dirty and getting straight in with the boys to create a positive end to the season.”

“The opportunity to coach at Keighley is something I dreamed of 15 years ago when I left to Australia. These opportunities don’t come around very often and I am happy to be on board with the team.”

Matt is third in the Cougars all time try scorers with a total of 124 in 231 games.

CEO Ryan O’Neill said “Firstly I just want to thank Jy-mel for stepping in to cover the interim head coach role. Jy-mel has handled himself professionally and in the toughest of circumstances has done the job we asked him to do and for that the club will be ever grateful. Our search for a permanent head coach has come to a conclusion and I look forward to welcoming Matt back to Cougar Park.”

Jy-mel steps aside with the clubs best wishes. Therefore current skills coach, Dean Muir steps up to a full time role alongside current Assistant Coach, Jordie Hedges with immediate effect.

In a further update to the back room staff, James Feather who joined the coaching staff voluntarily, has left due to his full time job taking up much of his spare family time and he leaves the staff with the clubs sincere thanks for stepping in as an extra pair of hands when most needed.

Matt landed in the country this morning and will take the first training session this evening with the team.