Stuart Dickens, Featherstone's long-serving captain, has announced his retirement in order to join the coaching staff of Super League neighbours Wakefield.
The 32-year-old prop forward, who has spent his entire playing career with Rovers apart from a nine-game spell in Super League with Salford in 2005, has been appointed as the Wildcats' new Under-19s coach.
"Wakefield is my hometown club so I will be honoured to become part of the coaching staff," said Dickens, who made more than 400 appearances for Featherstone since making his debut in 1998.
"There has been communication between the clubs for a number of weeks but for me it's all happened quickly.
"In that time I've had to make a decision to hang up my boots and retire from playing, pack my day job in and take this job.
"It's been a massive decision but quite an easy one too once I sat down and talked about it.
"There comes a time in everybody's career when you have to pack in playing.
"I was contracted to play for another year but I've been struggling with a couple of injuries towards the end of last season and now it's finished I have still not totally got over them.
"Things were going through my mind a little bit so once this opportunity came up it made my mind up."
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