Andrew Henderson takes League 1 role after leaving Warrington

James Gordon

Andrew Henderson has been appointed as Head of Rugby at League 1 side Keighley Cougars.

Henderson, 42, was assistant coach to Steve Price at the Halliwell Jones Stadium for the past four years.

He was previously head coach at London Broncos.

The former Castleford and Scotland international hooker will work closely with head coach Rhys Lovegrove and managing director Lisa Gill.

He said: “I’m delighted to be joining a club that is ambitious and looking to develop such as Keighley.

“My main focus as Head of Rugby will be to oversee the Rugby League department of the club.

“I will be working very closely with the Head Coach Rhys Lovegrove in regards to recruitment and retention of the playing squad.

“I will certainly be there to advise, guide, and sometimes challenge him on those decisions.

“My role will also involve overseeing the performance department and putting infrastructures and systems in place to improve how we operate as well as supporting the players individually and helping to develop the coaches we have at a club.

“The Rugby department will be the main focus of my role. But I will also be on hand to assist the club in other areas such as the community side and commercially.

“I’m very excited to get started and massively looking forward to the year ahead. Hopefully we will achieve something very special in the 2022 season.”

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Day-to-day involvement

Henderson will be heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the Cougars, assisting with player recruitment, retention and development.

He will also help with commercial and community aspects of the club.

Born in Torquay, Henderson began his professional career with Salford before spending two seasons with Barrow.

He then went to Australia, captaining Balmain Tigers, before returning to the UK with Castleford, who he twice helped to promotion to Super League.

Two further Grand Final glories followed during his spell at Sheffield, while he also played in the 2008 and 2013 World Cups.