Interim-coach Sheridan to leave Featherstone Rovers at end of season

MOVING ON: Interim-coach Ryan Sheridan.

MOVING ON: Interim-coach Ryan Sheridan.

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Interim-coach Ryan Sheridan has revealed he will leave Featherstone Rovers at the end of the season.

The former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers player said he feels it is time to move on after helping previous boss Daryl Powell put Rovers “back on the map”.

Sheridan was assistant to Powell as Rovers finished top of what is now the Kingstone Press Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and won the Grand Final two years ago.

He has been acting-coach since Powell left to take over at Castleford in May, but is now ready for a new challenge.

Sheridan – who also had a spell on the coaching staff at Dewsbury Rams – confirmed: “I’ve decided to leave the club at the end of the year.

“It is time to move on. I have had a great time at Featherstone and I will be sad to leave a great bunch of players.

“But five years at a club is a long time and I am looking forward to a fresh challenge. Now I want to finish the year off with some success.”

Looking back on his partnership with Powell, Sheridan added: “I think myself and Daryl put Featherstone back on the map and we have taken the club forward. I’d like to think I have played a part in that and I will be remembered fondly.”

Sheridan would not comment on his future plans.

The Yorkshire Evening Post understands a move to Bradford Bulls – as assistant to ex-Leeds team-mate Francis Cummins – is not on the cards at this stage.

Former Rovers player John Bastian has already been confirmed as head coach for next season.

Meanwhile, on-loan duo Sam Barlow (Halifax) and James Green (Hull KR) could feature for the first time when Rovers visit bottom club Swinton Lions on Sunday (3pm).

Only long-term casualties Kyle Briggs, Anthony England and Sam Smeaton are unavailable and Sheridan said: “It’s a bit of a selection headache, but I don’t mind that.

“From my point of view, it is a good position to be in. Everybody is fit and raring to go.”

Rovers are currently flying high in the Championship but after shock losses to York City Knights and Doncaster earlier in the year, Sheridan insisted they won’t be taking lowly Swinton lightly.

“My message to the players is we have to have a big-game mentality,” he stressed.

“Every game we go into, our approach has got to be spot on. We’ve been burned in the past by so-called lesser teams.

“Swinton have got some good young players, they’ve got some players on dual-registration from Warrington and they will present a challenge.

“But the game is being played at Leigh so it’s a great surface to play on and that suits us.

“We are really looking forward to getting back into the groove.”

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