KEIGHLEY Cougars executives will meet with potential investors next week after insisting it is business as usual at the club following chairman Garry Fawcett quitting his role.

Simon Harrison, Cougars' associated commercial director, says he and the club's chief executive officer Neil Cullen will hold the meetings with potential investors and new executives and hope it will help pump new funds into the Cougars.

Fawcett announced he is quitting his role as chairman and director of the Betfred League One club after 12 years on Saturday, May 26.

He said was "time for a change" after an "extreme rollercoaster" at Cougar Park. Fawcett continued he would not be able to apply the best of himself to a demanding role and his other commitments outside of the club.

His departure has sent shockwaves through the Cougars, but Harrison said it would be bouncing back and is looking to introduce a new structure at the top of the club.

Harrison said: "We are having a meeting next week to finalise details. There are quite a few potential investors interested.

"There is plenty of scope for investment in the club, it is business as usual for us. Everything will be as is for us.

"The club is not in any financial difficulty. I want to say that to any fans, or any of our current investors, who may have any worries on this front.

"We are looking for a change in directorship at the club. Myself and Neil will be staying on and we are looking for two or three new board members to join us. It will help spread the load for us.

"Each director in the new structure will have their own role and part of the club to deal with.

"It’s not often that a chairman steps down leaving a club in such a positive position enabling it to both grow and prosper with both new and existing sponsors pledging there support for the future."

Harrison also revealed he and Cullen will be holding a meeting with Fawcett this week to discuss the next move at the club.

Harrison added any change in leadership, or executive structure at the Cougars, would not effect either roles for head coach Craig Lingard or club ambassador Garry Schofield.

Lingard paid tribute to Fawcett, highlighting his passion for the club and said he had been supportive of him during his time on the touchline and thanked him for his support during his tenure.

Cougars head coach Craig Lingard said running a rugby league club is a thankless task and one which Fawcett had done well at and deserved enormous credit for his work.

Meanwhile, on the field, Cougars demolished third-from-bottom Coventry Bears 96-8 at Cougar Park on Sunday to return to winning ways in emphatic style with a club record score.

The thrashing put Lingard's men up to fourth place in the Betfred League One table on 10 points and was their fifth win in nine games this season.

They have a rare free weekend off as they look to build on their thrashing of the Bears ahead of a trip to 10th-placed North Wales Crusaders on Sunday, May 20.