Nearly there folks...
Keighley's pre-season preparation stumbled at the first hurdle last week when their game at Halifax was called off on Saturday morning due to a contentiously waterlogged Shay pitch.
Indeed, Cougars chairman Gary Fawcett found it odd that West Yorkshire how seems to have distinctly different climate zones. Speaking in the Telegraph & Argus he said: “In my view, Halifax must have had considerably more rain than Keighley… because certainly Cougar Park wasn’t waterlogged…"
So - freaky weathwer premitting - Paul March has to wait a week to run the rule over his enhanced squad.
Having secured Keighley's Championship status on the final day of the 2013 campaign, 2014 will be a big year for March, who has announced that this season will bring down the curtain on a 'colourful' playing career that began with a Challenge Cup appearance for at Wakefield in 1998.
|Our artist's impression of how the revamped Cougar Park |
might possibly look - in a parallel universe.
These apart, Keighley's key signing for the forthcoming season looks to be much travelled (Batley, Doncaster, Wakefield, Castleford, Fatherstone and Halifax) half-back Paul Handforth, who'll slot in alongside Danny Jones. That leaves the redoubtable March looking to "… utilise myself where I’m needed.”
But the really big off-season news from Keighley is their ambitious £5 million plan to develop Lawkholme Lane. With work planned over nine phases and scheduled to take five years, phase 1 includes a complete re-build of their venerable 1930s main stand to include seating for 870, with terracing in-front. Sounds like a great project.
For those of us who've been pacing the floor since the World Cup final, Sunday can't come quickly enough. See you all at Lawkholme Lane/Cougar Park - Hornets great 2014 Championship adventure begins here.
Hornets squad news for Sunday:
- New signings James Dandy, Sean Casey and Tony Suffolk are available for selection.
- Triallists available are: Sale Sharks Union convert Dan Waddy, BARLA international Ste Marsh, Lancashire amateur centre Andy Ball and former Catalan Dragon and Toulouse Olympique centre Julien Lasserre.
- Returning to Hornets are Adam Bowman and Casey Mayberry.
Liam Gilchrist (ankle) Chris Tyrer (groin), Tongan Sydney Havea (visa complications)