KEIGHLEY Cougars are mourning the passing of a former player.

The exciting attacking talents of Tony James will never be forgotten at Cougar Park, who has died at the age of just 59.

After starring for Deighton Woolpack in the annual amateur sevens at Lawkholme in the early 1990s, James signed for Cougars, where he was both an impressive goal kicker and a scorer of some fine tries, including a famous one against Wigan.

Among those paying tribute were a couple of his former team-mates.

Andy Stephenson said: "Sad news, Tony played on my wing in my first few games at Keighley. RIP."

Andy Eyres added: "Really sad news, spent a lot of time with TJ when I first signed for the Cougars a great character RIP TJ xx"