Cougarmania Returns To Keighley

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25 January 2019

Mick O'Neill says he wants to bring back the days of Cougarmania after completing his takeover of Keighley Cougars. The former chairman returns to the role he held at Cougar Park in the 1990s after heading a consortium reports The Keighley News.

Cougars have been lifted out of special measures imposed by the Rugby Football League but will start the new Betfred League One season next month on -12 points due to the club changing ownership in pre-season. Cougars are now able to sign players after previously having a squad of up to 25 on trial forms.

The takeover was completed on Wednesday and O'Neill immediately flew over from his base in Australia to Keighley. He met Cougars fans at a special event at Keighley Cricket Club.

Speaking to the Keighley News, O'Neill said: "I'm really excited. It's like I have never been away somehow.

"I want everybody to be happy and enjoy it, instead of the nonsense that's been going on.

"I want to be in charge for 18 months and then get some younger people to take over. Unless I get carried away and decide to stay longer.

"I'm over here for 10 days now to try to get things organised. I will look to come back again in March, then I will stay for two or three months.

"That's why I wanted to come over, I did not need to, but I think it's my duty to come over to thank the supporters. They

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