13th June 2017, 15:11 | Doncaster
Hull FC assistant coach Richard Horne has been appointed as the new head coach at dual registration partner club, Doncaster RLFC.
The 2005 Challenge Cup winner has been on the Black and Whites’ coaching staff since he retired at the end of 2014 and has since been in charge of the club’s reserve grade side.
The 34-year-old will now take up a two-year deal as head coach with Doncaster.
Reflecting on the appointment, Hull FC’s Executive Director, James Clark, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Richard to continue his development as a coach, as well as further enhancing the strong relationship we have with Carl Hall and Doncaster Rugby League Club.
“Richard has the chance to cut his teeth as a head coach in a competitive league, offering mutual benefits to both clubs.
“Our dual registration partnership with Doncaster provides an alternative to the fledgling reserve grade format and an opportunity for some of our younger players to evolve under Richard’s guidance and in a more challenging environment.
“We would like to wish Richard the best of luck in his new role."
Horne enjoyed a 17-year playing career with his hometown club, notching up just short of 400 appearances for the Airlie Birds.
He will now be able to pass on that wealth of experience to the Dons as he continues his development as a coach.
Hull FC have been in a successful dual-registration partnership with Doncaster for the last four years.
Both clubs work closely together on and off the field, including the opportunity to train together at different times and the movement of players between Doncaster and Hull FC’s reserve team.
Winger Nick Rawsthorne was the latest player to feature for the Dons last weekend, whilst the likes of Dean Hadley, Brad Fash and Jansin Turgut have also spent time on dual registration in recent years before establishing themselves in the first-team.
The clubs also face each other in an annual pre-season friendly at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Doncaster RLFC Chief Executive, Carl Hall, also commented: "I’m delighted that Richard Horne has agreed to join us here at the Dons. It hasn’t been an easy process but myself and the club really feel we have got our man as Richard ticked all the boxes for us.
“He has been a one club man all of his career which for me says a lot about his loyalty and dedication as a person. We wanted someone who has been working in a full-time rugby league environment as we have ambitions of going full-time ourselves."