League One side Oxford have appointed former Castleford academy chief Tim Rumford as their new head coach.
Rumford succeeds Tony Benson, who has led the Oxford club since their joined the professional ranks in 2013, and will combine the role with that of Foundation Manager at Castleford.
Oxford Managing Director, Adrian Smith, said: “In Tim I believe we have a Head Coach who has the energy, desire and confidence to take up the opportunity that Oxford RL offers. He’s proved his ability to develop players as individuals as well as part of a team and that’s exactly what I want Tim to bring to our club.
“I was genuinely flattered as a development club to have numerous candidates in for the position, with standout CVs amongst them.
“Tim’s was one of them and he impressed us with his coaching philosophy. He’s definitely got the appetite and credentials to push Oxford forward. He is a thoughtful, determined individual and his attitude is spot on.
“I’m excited for both him and the squad. It’s exactly what we need to continue our momentum.”
Rumford has immediately made his first signing, in the shape of former Leeds and Featherstone half-back Danny Allan.
Allan, 25, played more than a dozen Super League games for the Rhinos after making his debut back in 2008.