IT may have ended in disappointment as Cougars just missed out on a top five League One play-off spot this season.

But Craig Lingard's first year at the helm had plenty of positives, including a record-equalling home victory, being one of only two sides to take points off champions Toronto and a significant increase in home attendances.

It was certainly a year of transition as 16 players made their debuts but, with most of the squad already signed up for next season, hopes are high that Keighley can be serious challengers in 2018.

Here's a look back at Cougars' 2017 season in figures.

26 – The number of competitive fixtures Cougars played this year, winning 12, drawing 2 and losing 12.

46 – The win ratio percentage which Craig Lingard finished with after his first season in charge.

3 – Matty Beharrell, Adam Ryder and Mike Emmett were the three ever-presents for Cougars.

32 – The number of players to wear the Keighley shirt this season.

16 – The number of players who made their Cougars debuts this year. A further two, Ben Sagar and Hamish Barnes, made their second debuts after re-joining the club.

4 – Cougars reserves provided four of the 16 new debutants, with Josh Casey (against Toronto), Harry Aaronson (Barrow), Aidan Scully (Workington) and Gavin Reed (York) all making the step up to the first team.

1 – Davey Dixon (Scotland) is set to be the only Keighley player to feature at the Rugby League World Cup this November in Australia as the winger is a part of Steve McCormack’s train-on squad for the tournament.

20 – Andy Gabriel finished the season as the Cougars top try-scorer by crossing the whitewash 20 times – the second time in his career he has hit the 20-try mark.

38 – The number of tries Gabriel and Adam Ryder’s deadly left-hand partnership came up with (18 for Ryder), only being outscored by Toronto Wolfpack’s left side duo of Craig Hall and Liam Kay.

814 – The number of points Cougars scored during their 26 games. They failed to score on one occasion in March’s 20-0 Challenge Cup fourth round defeat to Barrow Raiders.

234 – Matty Beharrell's points tally which saw him finish top Cougars scorer. They came in the form of five tries, 106 goals and two drop goals.

783 – The number of days since Neil Cherryholme had last scored a try before he notched one in his final game against Barrow before retiring. His previous try came on July 2015 against Newcastle Thunder at Cougar Park.

25 – Cherryholme’s try against Barrow meant that 25 different players had scored tries for Cougars in competitive games during 2017.

252 – The number of games that James ‘Buster’ Feather played as Cougars captain, which is a club record for most games played as skipper. His 309th and final game for Keighley came at Barrow before he hung up his boots.

9,403 – The total number of supporters who attended the 12 competitive home fixtures at Cougar Park in 2017 – an increase of 3,078 from 2016.

784 – Keighley's average attendance, an increase of 213 from 2016.

1,362 – Cougars' highest home gate of the season came in the 22-18 League One Super Eights victory over York City Knights in August.

457 – Keighley's lowest home gate was for the 45-26 League One victory over London Skolars in June.

92 – The 92-6 victory over Oxford RL equalled the club record for the biggest home victory, tied with the win of the same scoreline against Gateshead Thunder in 2011.

5 – The number of times Keighley lost to Barrow Raiders in 2017 (Pre-Season, Challenge Cup, League One Cup, League One & League One Super Eights).

2,954 – The number of miles Cougars and their fans spent on the road for away fixtures.

2 – Cougars' dual registration agreement with Batley Bulldogs split opinion among fans but Craig Lingard only called upon his former club twice with James Brown and Trae O’Sullivan featuring. O'Sullivan stayed on loan for the Super Eights and became a Cougar on a permanent basis for 2018.

0 – The number of away games played by Keighley reserves, meaning they played all ten fixtures at Cougar Park.

7 – The size of the Cougars contingent who travelled to Australia in July for the Rugby League Student World Cup. That included five players – Gavin Reed, Luke Walters, Callum Smithson and Tobias Williams (all Scotland), and Kieran Smith (England) – and two coaches – Cougars assistant Nathan Graham (Scotland head coach) and reserves assistant Richard Tate (England assistant coach).

20 – The number of players current contracted to Cougars for 2018 season with more set to be announced over the coming weeks.