Hunslet Hawks’ Championship One Grand Final hero Thomas Coyle and his brother James have left the club with immediate effect.
Thomas was man of the match in the nail-biting Kingstone Press Championship One Grand Final victory over Oldham, scoring a crucial try as well as holding his nerve to land the decisive golden point drop goal.
It is only a fortnight since he signed a 12-month contract extension at Hunslet but Hawks’ director of rugby Darren Williams explained: “James approached us a couple of weeks ago saying that he had an opportunity to move into a coaching position and that was an avenue he wanted to explore.
“He was under contract with us for 2015 but after speaking to him it was obvious he wanted to accept the offer on the table and we didn’t want to stand in his way as coaching opportunities in the game are difficult to come by.”
Williams also revealed that the same club had made an approach for Thomas, saying: “Thomas was under contract for 2015. However, he asked to be released so he could make the move with his brother and we’ve agreed a compensation package with the club concerned for his release.
“The timing is not ideal and we were initially against the idea of letting Thomas go but we didn’t want to have a player at the club who potentially wasn’t 100 per-cent committed in what will be a challenging year.”
Williams added: “We still have Danny Grimshaw and Danny Ansell under contract for 2015 and have agreed terms with a quality half-back who we will be announcing at a later date.
“We are scouring the market to see who else is available.”