10 Oct 2016 in News
Rangers' coaching team say they hope to continue in charge of the first team in 2017 after end-of-season disappointment.
Rangers, who played their last six games on the road, missed out on the National Conference League, Division Two play-offs on points difference.
The Shaw Hall Bank Road side were one of three teams to finish on 26 points.
But a 32-18 final game defeat at second placed Askam saw Rangers end their campaign in seventh place, with Hunslet Parkside going up automatically as champions.
“From where the club was last season it was always going to take time to push on,” said Paul Geener, who is co-coach with Craig Farrimond.
“So, to win the Standard Cup and to get within a point of the play-offs is a good achievement.
“But I believe with the squad we’ve got we should have been near the top. So, we have probably underachieved.
“However, I would love to stay on and be part of a new era for the club. But we need a committed squad rather than a committed handful.”
Geener was due to meet Rangers’ committee to discuss his future as the Independent went to press followed by a meeting with the players.
In addition to the defeat at Askam during September, Rangers beat Salford City Roosters 32-18, drew 28-28 with Thornhill after being 22-6 down and lost 16-10 at Stanningley.
l Four Rangers first team players – Ethan Langhorn, Ben Whitehead, Gareth Morgan and Adam Jeffries – have been selected for Lancashire’s training squad ahead of games against Cumbria and Yorkshire in November.
Geener’s co-coach, Craig Farimond, has been named as the Red Rose county’s assistant boss.