HULL KR’S head of rugby Jamie Peacock offered to resign after the East Yorkshire club’s agonising relegation from Super League, but it was flatly rejected by chairman Neil Hudgell who wants the former England captain to spearhead their attempt for an instant return.
He only took up the newly-created role after bringing his outstanding playing career to an end in the wake of Leeds Rhinos’ Grand Final triumph at Old Trafford last October.
At 38, he came out of retirement a month ago for the injury-hit club in their ultimately unsuccessful battle against the drop, making his fourth successive appearance in their painful 19-18 Golden Point Extra Time defeat by Salford Red Devils in Saturday’s dramatic ‘Million Pound Game’.
“Saturday was a devastating day for me and the club,” Peacock said in a statement issued by Rovers. “To be in a dressing room with grown men, wives and children crying is not what sport is about. To be part of a club with such loyal, passionate support is very humbling and the reaction after such a defeat will stay with me for life.
“I gave everything I could to the club this year and came up short. I always want to be accountable for my actions in life and offered my resignation to Neil after the game.
“This was turned down which means I can continue my journey with this great club.”
Meanwhile, the Robins are understood to be furious with Marwan Koukash at the end of the game that saw fans from both clubs fighting following a pitch invasion in east Hull.
As Salford’s wild celebrations began, he joined supporters and produced a giant mock £1m cheque from the ‘Bank of Red Hall’ signed by ‘Big Nige’.
It made clear reference to the fact that, despite earlier being docked six points by the RFL for salary cap breaches, and his belief the governing body’s chief executive Nigel Wood wants them out, his club steadfastly remain in Super League.