Roe makes league return

Rugby League Conference club Bramley Buffaloes has recently appointed Peter Roe to the position of Head Coach in time for the start of the 2011 season.

Roe, one of the most widely respected coaches in Rugby League, starred as a player with his hometown club of Keighley, Bradford Northern and Hunslet before beginning his coaching career in a caretaker capacity at Keighley in 1985.

Following a short spell in the amateur game, Roe led Halifax to promotion in 1990-91 before masterminding the mercurial rise of the Keighley Cougars in 1992-94. Successful stints with Barrow and Swinton followed soon after before taking a brief break from coaching and returning with Featherstone in 1999. He then had spells with Wakefield, Barrow and Swinton before becoming Director of Rugby at Cougar Park where he appointed Barry Eaton as coach.

In 2007 Roe ended his full-time involvement with the game to concentrate on a mainstream career with the Probation Service.

Roe exclaimed: “I’m delighted to be taking on this new challenge with a very famous name from the sport of Rugby League. Bramley has a lot of history and heritage and a place in the hearts of many league fans and the strides they have made since returning to the game under the stewardship of their supporters in 2004 have been admirable.

“My job is to take the current squad of players, which needs strengthening, as far as we can with the obvious objective of winning the 2011 Grand Final. With the Rugby League pyramid being re-structured who knows where we can go from there but I’m looking forward to the months that lie ahead,” added Peter.

Buffaloes chairman Martyn Cheney said: “There are a few coaches in the game with a stronger reputation or better credentials than Peter Roe and we are pleased that he’s decided to join us.

“Our next objective is to secure a main club sponsor for the 2011 season and any businesses interested in running with the Buffaloes should contact us for details about the excellent promotional packages on offer,” added Martyn.

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