Cockayne takes first role following retirement

Recently retired Ben Cockayne is back in the sport after taking a coaching role with a Super League club.

Cockayne earned cult status as a player with Hull KR and has returned to the club as under-16s coach and under-18s assistant, after last month announcing his retirement as a player.

He said: “It’s like it was meant to be. I saw the advert on social media just around the same time I’d made my decision to retire from the game.

“To have the opportunity to come back to a place that I’m very familiar with and very passionate about is amazing.

“Hull KR is ingrained into me – to have the chance to give something back, on a different level, really excites me.

“The timing was perfect and I got the call whilst I was on holiday asking for the interview – I was chuffed to then get the job.

He added: “I never really thought throughout my career I could see myself as a coach. I knew I would add some value to pass on, but never figured out how I would do it until now.

“I wanted people to learn from my mistakes, and be a mentor, and when I saw that this was an under-16s role, what better place to start from than with these youngsters?

“I’m excited at what I’ll be able to pass on in terms of advice. I want to be a good guide for them which is important at that age, alongside coaching rugby league.

“I’ve got an opportunity to instil some of my love and passion for the game here into youngsters.

“These kids are going to be way more skilful than I ever was, they’re learning so much at such a young age at such a rate here.”

 

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