Today we announce that Skill and Backs Coach Paul Cooke will be leaving the Club after three seasons at Castle Park.
The former Super League star began work at the Knights in the 2013/14 season under Clive’s stewardship but will now return to the 13-a-side code with Leigh Centurions.
Speaking on his departure Paul said. “Firstly, I’d like to thank Clive Griffiths for the last three years’ of guidance under his expert stewardship at Doncaster Knights.
“I have learned some valuable lessons in coaching and managing professional players from, in my opinion, one of the best coaches around in ether code of rugby.
“His passion, commitment, energy and meticulous planning year on year has been a real lesson in the success and building of his dynasty.
“To the other coaches, in-particular Glen Kenworthy, staff (on and off the field) and particularly the benefactors Tony De Mulder and Steve Lloyd I want to say thank you for the opportunity to be a part of and coach at such a great club.
“The players are a joy to work with, they are the real success of 2015/16 and long may that continue. I have met some friends for life and will always cherish my memories.
“I wish Clive, Glen, the coaches, staff and everyone at the Knights all the very best in 2016/17 and beyond, I’ll certainly be back to enjoy some games as a knights fan!
“Right now I feel the time is right to make the move back into Rugby League.
“As everyone knows I have been involved in Rugby League all of my career and I feel the opportunity to join Leigh Centurions as an assistant coach and help the push towards the Super League is an opportunity that I feel is just too good for me to turn down.”
Commenting on Paul’s move Clive Griffiths added. “We will be sad to see Cookie leave Castle Park but the lure of his first love, rugby league, was always going to be a major factor on his future coaching career and pathway.
“The opportunity to rekindle his league career at Leigh Centurions was an offer that he could not really refuse and whilst I am sorry to see him leave our tight coaching team, I fully understand the logic behind his decision. He also departs to a club with great history, tradition and Super League ambitions.
“Paul quickly got to grips with the complexities of the union code and had grown into a fine Backs and Skills Coach. He has been great for us over the last three seasons and we will miss his rugby knowledge, input and personality. The search now goes ahead for a quality replacement.
“On behalf of everyone associated with Doncaster Knights I would like to thank Cookie for his professional contribution and friendship over the last three seasons and we wish him every success in the future.”