Peacock to begin new chapter at Hull KR in 2016
Jamie Peacock MBE has confirmed his retirement from Rugby League at the end of the current season and will join Hull KR from 2016 in a new role as Football Manager.
Peacock, who has won eight Super League Grand Finals, will complete his tenth and final season with Leeds Rhinos in 2015 before finally hanging up his boots having made over 500 appearances for Leeds, Bradford, Yorkshire, England and Great Britain during his career.
Commenting on his move Peacock said, “I have had a great time at Leeds and learnt so much about how the club is run from top to bottom. The Rhinos are a blueprint for a successful sporting business and the challenge for me now is to take those lessons and try and implement my own thoughts in a new environment. Hull KR are a club with huge potential within a city that is Rugby League mad and having invested wisely in their facilities in recent years.
“I know a number of people over there already and I am looking forward to working with Chris Chester, Willie Poching, Mike Smith and Neil Hudgell in my new role. Whenever we have gone over there to play, it is clear Rovers have a fanatical supporter base. I think it is vital that you have a hard core of good people who want the club to succeed to be able to build and plan for development in the future. Now that I have the next chapter of my career finalised, I am fully focused on finishing my time with Leeds as strongly as possible and leaving my home town club in the best possible position.”
Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington added, “I think this is an inspired appointment by Hull KR and I know Jamie will be very good at what will be a very different challenge. He has been at the heart of all our success over the past decade and his performances and influence at the club cannot be overestimated. He will leave a lasting legacy and all our best wishes will be with him when he swaps his training kit for a new suit at the end of the season.”