KEIGHLEY Cougars chairman Gary Fawcett has announced he is quitting the club after 12 years.

He is stepping down as chairman and director of the Betfred League One club on Saturday, May 26.

In a statement, Fawcett said it was "time for a change" after he had been its chairman for eight-and-a-half years and a sponsor for three-and-a-half years before that.

He said: "Managing Keighley Cougars is a demanding role and, given my other commitments, I fear that I will not be able to apply the best of myself to that role in the future.

"There are other people who will be able to take the club forward and enable it to achieve what it, and the fans deserve, from the strong platform it now has.

"In this transition time and for the rest of the seasons to come I urge all supporters to get behind the club and help it get to where it rightfully belongs.

"It’s been an extreme rollercoaster over the last 12 years.

"Not every moment has been a good, or just, one, and some very distressing and sad, but it has been a rare privilege to have been your Chairman. For that, I thank everyone who is, and has been, involved at the club during my time.

"I wish the best of luck for the club in the future."