Hunslet RLFC has officially announced that Head Coach Alan Kilshaw will be departing from the club at the conclusion of the current season.

Alan has emphasised that his choice was not based on rugby matters, but rather on personal considerations. With a young family already in place and an impending addition to his family with his wife’s pregnancy, the approximately two-hour travel time to and from Leeds would curtail the amount of time he rightfully wishes to spend with his loved ones.

Beyond his involvement in rugby, Alan has also secured a new teaching position since May, which has further exacerbated the challenges posed by his extensive commuting requirements. Consequently, Alan has taken the decision to accept a position nearer to his home and will assume the role of Head Coach for the Swinton Lions in the upcoming 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 is 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 Alan’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.”