Former Bradford Bulls chief Ryan Duckett relishing Otley return

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: RETURN: Ryan Duckett is going back to Otley as interim director of rugby, replacing departing chief Tom Rock RETURN: Ryan Duckett is going back to Otley as interim director of rugby, replacing departing chief Tom Rock

Former Bulls chief executive Ryan Duckett is set for a new position as Otley’s interim director of rugby.

He will replace Tom Rock, who announced this week that he is leaving his post to start a new career in the RAF.

A former player with the club, 37-year-old Duckett returns to Otley after playing for their neighbours Ilkley this season.

Rock’s brother Andrew, who works at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, will assist the coaching team which also includes Mark Luffman and Neil Hargreaves.

Duckett is looking forward to the challenge of his new role but is quick to stress it is an interim appointment as he is looking to get back into full-time sports management.

He said: “Otley is a club I know well, having had two spells there as a player. I have many friends at Cross Green.”

He also revealed that he was sorry to be leaving Ilkley.

“Ilkley is a great club with some super people,” said Duckett.

“I have really enjoyed my time there and I wish them well as they bid to win promotion from Yorkshire Division One.”

Otley have made good progress under Rock’s guidance and are fifth in National League Two North.

He said: “It is going to be hard leaving now as the club is making good progress on and off the field.

“Times were hard when I came to the club 18 months ago but now the outlook is great.”

He added: “I have been fortunate to receive help from a lot of people but I shall be keeping an eye on how the club gets on. I hope I might play again in the future.”

Rock, 28, who is joining the RAF officer training school at Cranwell in January, is delighted Duckett is taking on the role.

He said: “He has a lot of experience of playing at National League level and possesses administrative skills which he brings to the post.”

Rock’s final league match is on Saturday when his side visit Huddersfield in their last game before the Christmas break. When the teams met at Cross Green in September, Otley won 40-27.

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9:05am Fri 21 Dec 12

flashdonut says...

All the best Ryan. One of the few can hod their heads high after the Bulls fiasco.
All the best Ryan. One of the few can hod their heads high after the Bulls fiasco. flashdonut

10:00am Fri 21 Dec 12

mrsraisemeup says...

Got out at right time and joined a more successful club at a more successful sport well done.
Got out at right time and joined a more successful club at a more successful sport well done. mrsraisemeup

11:17am Fri 21 Dec 12

Solomon Grundy says...

flashdonut wrote:
All the best Ryan. One of the few can hod their heads high after the Bulls fiasco.
How can presiding over the complete collapse of the club and the business allow one to walk away with one's head held high?

Ryan was in Hood's pocket, it's why he got the job, and was part of a dreadful cabal that were totally unfit for purpose. He was paid a fortune and was clearly rubbish.

I don't think he or Hood and McNamara especially, the CEO and chairman and team coach of a club and business that failed catastrophically on their watch, can hold their heads high at all.
[quote][p][bold]flashdonut[/bold] wrote: All the best Ryan. One of the few can hod their heads high after the Bulls fiasco.[/p][/quote]How can presiding over the complete collapse of the club and the business allow one to walk away with one's head held high? Ryan was in Hood's pocket, it's why he got the job, and was part of a dreadful cabal that were totally unfit for purpose. He was paid a fortune and was clearly rubbish. I don't think he or Hood and McNamara especially, the CEO and chairman and team coach of a club and business that failed catastrophically on their watch, can hold their heads high at all. Solomon Grundy

11:29am Fri 21 Dec 12

bully4us says...

He wasn't paid a fortune if the truth be known. I do agree though that he was at the helm when the ship went down. He is great bloke but he did need to take his share of the blame. Good luck to him though.
He wasn't paid a fortune if the truth be known. I do agree though that he was at the helm when the ship went down. He is great bloke but he did need to take his share of the blame. Good luck to him though. bully4us

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