Rovers appoint Waddle as assistant coach

Rovers have moved quickly to fill in the void of assistant coach after Lee Bettinson has taken a more time consuming role as scholarship coach at Sheffield Eagles.

Former Dewsbury pro Jonathan Waddle has returned to assist Gordie Long for the remainder of the season, injuries stopped Waddle from featuring for Rovers last season.

Bettinson joined Rovers in 2003 and has lifted much silverwear over the last 9 seasons as a captain and coach. The 30 year old hooker stepped up from assistant coach of Andy Fisher in 2008 and paired with Gordie Long enjoyed one of the best seasons in the last decade. Taking the Yorkshire cup, Pennine Premier championship and Wakefield Presidents Cup. Bettinson travelled Australia in 2010 before returning last season where he linked with Gordie Long to lift the long eluding BARLA National cup.

Chairman Mick Taylor said “Lee has been fantastic for the club, it’s no surprise why everyone associated with the club have warmed to him. We’ve seen a lot of silver wear come to the club over the last decade and Lee has been one of the driving forces behind the teams’ success. We wish him well with his future coaching pathway at Sheffield and thank him for all his efforts over the last 9 years. I’m sure we’ll still be seeing him pull on the Rovers jersey but we understand his new role will take up a lot of his time.”