One-time Rhino Adamson hopes to rescue endangered Cougars

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FORMER LEEDS Rhinos forward Matt Adamson is looking to rescue crisis club Keighley Cougars.

The cash-strapped Betfred League One outfit have been placed in special measures by the Rugby Football League, meaning they are unable to contract or register players.

Some wages have allegedly not been paid since August and coach Craig Lingard has resigned in protest. Adamson, an Australian who played for Leeds from 2002-2004, has revealed he is keen to coach the club and act as football manager, as well as be part of a takeover.

He is currently looking for potential investors in the Australian market and said: “Right now the time is right to return to the UK if I can find the right partner

“When I was at Leeds one owner [Paul Caddick] invested and the other owner [Gary Hetherington] ran the club. This model works, as one knows football and the other knows business.”

Adamson said if he can find “the right investors” within the next 14 days he will look to arrange meetings with key stakeholders with a view to “rebuilding the culture at the club”.

He added: “I’d be keen to discuss this opportunity with any locally interested party. In the meantime I’ll be talking to my old employer as well the Melbourne Storm with a view to partner with them also in some capacity.”