Nottingham Outlaws today officially announce that their First Team Coach, Adam Cunliffe, is to leave the club with immediate effect to take up a coaching position with Super League outfit Leeds Rhinos.
An emotional Cunliffe was clearly torn by his departure from the Outlaws whilst at the same time bubbling with enthusiasm at the thought of the challenge ahead, commenting “l’ve absolutely loved my time at Outlaws and I wouldn’t be the person or coach I am without it. There’s great people, a real positive attitude to coaching and some brilliant memories along the way”.
Indeed he was quick to mention some of the personal relationships he had built over the years, adding “the 2015 CLS Final was my favourite Outlaws game, but there have been several games more recently that stand out in the memory too. East Hull in 2021 and Bramley at home in 2019 stand out, along with plenty after the match celebrations in the clubhouse!”
Whilst the Outlaws are clearly disappointed to lose not only their first choice fullback but also their player-coach, Chairman Richard Johnson was quick to praise the effort Cunliffe has put in during his time at Outlaws, adding “we all knew for some considerable time that Adam was destined for higher things in the game, so whilst we are sad to see him go, we are thrilled that a member of the Outlaws family has progressed into the upper reaches of the professional game. Adam has left a strong and lasting legacy at the Outlaws and we wish him well in the next stage of his coaching career.”