Hunslet RLFC can confirm that Head Coach Alan Kilshaw has decided to leave the club at the end of the season.

Alan has stressed that his decision was not a rugby one, but one he has made for personal reasons. He already has a young family and his wife is expecting a baby imminently, meaning that the two hour journey time to and from Leeds would reduce the time he, quite rightly, wants to spend with his family.

Outside of rugby Alan has also had a new teaching job since May, which has further intensified his already challenging travel requirements. Alan has, therefore, taken the decision to take a job closer to home, and will become Head Coach of Swinton Lions for the 2024 season.

Chairman Kenny Sykes said; “We are obviously sad to see Alan move on, but he does so with our best wishes and thanks.

“Hunslet RLFC has always been a family Club and so we fully support Alan in his decision to put his family first. The Board are already working on options and are receiving applications for a new Head Coach.

“The Club are in a great position, on and off the pitch, to attract high calibre individuals who will be able to work with a competitive playing budget (for League 1 & the Championship) next season, and who will inherit a talented and successful group of players.

“We hope to be in a position to announce Alanโ€™s replacement before the 8th September.

“In the meantime Alan remains our Head Coach for the rest of the season, and he is as determined as ever to finish second in League 1 and achieve promotion via a successful playoff campaign.

“Let’s all get behind the team over the remaining games and push them on towards the Championship.”