IT is important to have a bit of light relief in these difficult times, and Keighley Cougars certainly caused a stir with their mischievous April Fool's Day tweet.

Just before 9am this morning, they posted that they had taken over the lease of the iconic Odsal Stadium, home of the Bradford Bulls for 85 years, and were going to be using it as a training facility.

Cougars even took the time to write a full club statement about the move, in which they have a cheeky dig at Bulls about being "the only professional rugby league team now within the Bradford Metropolitan District".

Bulls, of course, have moved to Dewsbury this season to play their home matches.

Here is Keighley's "official" club statement in full:

"The Keighley Cougars can this morning announce the club has struck a deal which will allow us to take over the lease of Odsal Stadium, the former home of the Bradford Bulls.

"The deal will see the Cougars take control of the dressing room and pitch facilities at Odsal as a new training ground for Rhys Lovegrove and his side, following the lifting of restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

"This agreement not only provides the side with a much needed permanent training base, but also marks a return of professional rugby league to the City of Bradford following the Bulls' move to Dewsbury over the winter."

A club spokesperson for the Cougars went on to add: "We are delighted to get this deal completed.

"As the only professional rugby league team now within the boundaries of the Bradford Metropolitan District, we feel it is important that the Cougars embrace this opportunity and the pressure that comes with such a title.

"While it was sad to see our rivals depart the city and their famous home ground for pastures new, we now feel it is important we treat Odsal with respect as our new training venue.

"This allows Rhys and his coaching staff to implement their style of play and also makes for much easier travel for those players who come from afar.

"It will also allow us to both protect and commence work on the Cougar Park pitch once the current situation is resolved.

"We understand this decision may not be popular with supporters of both ourselves and Bradford, however, as the only professional rugby league club in the area, it is vital that all within it support the Cougars."