Keighley task ex-Bull with reigniting Cougarmania

Keighley say their new signing Jake Webster will help usher in a new era of Cougarmania after agreeing a two-year deal with the Australian centre.

Webster leaves Bradford to continue his playing career at the Cougars and he will also join the club’s community team.

Keighley say: “The powerhouse will be the club’s ‘marquee signing’ on the field, whilst off it will be joining the club to work in the community as ‘Captain Cougar’, which will play a part of an exciting new initiative to be launched by Cougars director Mike Smith.

“As a club we believe that Webster could be our modern-day answer in the springboard to the new Cougarmania in a way that Joe Grima was during the original of Cougarmania in 90’s.”

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Webster, 35, started his career in the NRL and previously played for Hull KR and Castleford in Super League.

Chairman Mick O’Neill said: “It’s great, he’s our marquee signing. He is a powerhouse and this signing could pull us altogether.

“We are going to call him Captain Cougar. He is very fit and a hell of a player. It’s a big signing for us.

“We’ve had a good year this year. We need success in the league next year now. I look at Jake and he is the man.

“He is near the end of his career. We have plans for him.”

Head of Rugby Gary Moorby added: “The signing of Jake is a major statement of the club’s intent.

“Mick O’Neill and his fellow directors of the club have backed up their promise of bringing success to the club in securing the services of the former New Zealand international to Cougar Park.

“His presence in the changing rooms alone will inspire huge confidence amongst our younger players.”

Bulls coach John Kear said: “I and the club would like to wish him all the best, it was an opportunity that was too good for him to turn down at this stage in his career.

“He has been a great role model and has set a great example for the younger players in the squad and there is an opportunity now for someone to stake their claim for a place in the squad.”