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ROVERS PART COMPANY WITH SHARP

 FEATHERSTONE Rovers have parted company with head coach Jon Sharp.

Sharp, who arrived at the LD Nutrition Stadium in 2015, departs after just over two years in charge.

The former Huddersfield Giants boss’ contract was due to expire at the end of the month.

Sharp was today informed his Rovers deal would not be extended beyond 2017 and leaves the club with immediate effect.

Chairman Mark Campbell said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jon for his efforts over the past couple of years.

“A decision to bring in a new head coach for 2018 has been taken and we feel leaving Jon in charge for the Qualifiers, only for him to depart in October, would make little sense.

“He leaves with our best wishes and we are now looking forward to seeing how our Super 8s campaign unfolds.

“We are aiming high and expect to leave a mark this time around.”

Sharp added: “It is with pride I look back at the successes we achieved, with highlights being the 2015 Championship Shield win over London and us becoming the first part-time team to achieve back-to-back top-four finishes - and a Challenge Cup quarter-final game.

“I want to thank the fans who have been amazing. To my staff, I thank them for their support and loyalty and to the players, who have been a pleasure to coach and a joy to work with.”

Assistant coach Danny Evans and head of strength and conditioning Billy Mallinson have also left the club.

Featherstone Rovers’ new head coach will be named in 24 hours’ time.

The club will be making no further comment at this time.