KEIGHLEY Cougars have said goodbye to one of its standout players in second-rower Ben Sagar who has decided to retire from the game.
Sagar returned to the field of play after a two year absence which saw the birth of his daughter. He joined Craig Lingard’s side at the beginning of the year and has made 11 appearances across the season.
A local player who became a fans favourite, he first joined the Cougars back in 2009. Sagar helped the side win promotion to Championship One, however the following year was a struggle and the side fell into admiration and was relegated.
A few head coaches later and Sagar won Coaches and Players’ Player of the Year in 2011 while under the stewardship of Jason Demetriou. Since 2009 and over his two spells at the club he has made 84 appearances scoring 14 tries and been part of two promotion winning squads.
In other news the Cougars have signed winger Andy Gabriel and prop Scott Law up for another season at Cougar Park.
Gabriel originally joined the club’s reserve side in 2014, since then a string of eye catching performances earned him a first team place.
An impressive debut season in which he scored 21 tries, becoming League One’s top try scorer. He was awarded League One’s player of the year for his efforts.
While 2016 was not as fruitful for him, 2017 has been a good year for the former Bradford amateur player who has crossed the line 19 times so far this season.
Meanwhile Law who is known locally as ‘Judge’, has just signed his new deal taking him into his 10th year as a Keighley player. After joining the club from Rochdale Hornets in 2008, he has been a Keighley player ever since.
Law is coming up to his 200th appearance for the club, and will become Keighley’s 2nd longest severing player from next year, Brendon Rawlins being at the top of that list.