York City Knights terminate coach Dave Woods' contract

Dave Woods
Australian Dave Woods has also coached Castleford and Gateshead

York City Knights have terminated their deal with head coach Dave Woods.

He had signed a two-month rolling contract for a two-year period which enabled either party to end the agreement within this time frame.

The club will now start to look for a new head coach.

A statement released by the club said: "The club would like to place on record that we appreciate the work he has done in his time here."

The reasons for ending his contract were also outlined in the statement.

"As a result of the amount of travel time and cost incurred for Dave to travel between his home in Gateshead and his work at the Knights, coupled with family health problems, the club felt that it had no choice but to make this difficult decision.

"The cost of this travel has put greater strain on Dave, as the club cannot afford to cover this on top of his regular pay, and we are also aware that Dave would like a full-time position in the game, which the Knights are unable to give him.

"We believe that doing this now gives Dave the opportunity to source employment elsewhere and spend more time with his family which he has said on numerous occasions has been difficult for him to adjust to.

"The Grand Final win in 2010 was one of the highlights of York Rugby League's recent history and that triumph will live long in the memory of everyone associated with the club."

Woods was appointed as director of rugby in April 2010 before taking over as coach from James Ratcliffe two months later.

In response Dave Woods said: "I can't say much at this stage as I need to consider my position.

"But the decision has been made by the chairman, John Guildford, and not me."