Bradford Bulls' West Yorkshire rivals Dewsbury Rams have seen their head coach Dale Ferguson resign, though he will remain at the club as a player.

Ferguson, a back rower who spent three seasons at Bradford from 2014 to 2016, said: “I’d just to thank the players and the fans for their support.

"This hasn’t been an easy decision for me to make, but at the moment I feel I can help more on the field as a player.”

Assistant coach Paul March, formerly in charge at Keighley Cougars, has been promoted to the role of Dewsbury's head coach until the end of the season.

March said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank Fergie for bringing me into the club and I’m proud to take over my home town side, which has a lot of history.

"It’s my job to build a team on the field that gives 100 per cent every week and play the game in a way that entertains the supporters.

"It's a big challenge but one I’m ready for, starting on this Saturday against Toulouse.”

Conor Turner will remain in his role as Dewsbury's assistant coach.

The Rams are currently bottom of the Betfred Championship table heading into this weekend after just one win from their opening six games.