Cooper given Castleford role

Ben Cooper is back in rugby league after being appointed as Castleford's new strength and conditioning coach.

Cooper was suspended by UK Anti-Doping for his part in the Martin Gleeson drugs case at Hull.

A former Huddersfield player, he was given a two-year ban, half of which was suspended, last December for conspiring with Gleeson to cover the circumstances surrounding the former Great Britain centre's positive test for the stimulant methylhexanaemine.

The suspension was back-dated to June 2011, the date of the original incident.

Hull chief executive James Rule was also banned for his part in the affair but returned to the game last month after being appointed as Widnes Vikings' new chief executive.

Gleeson was given a three-year ban, half of which was suspended, and he too is now free to resume his career.

Cooper began his new job with Castleford as the players, including new Australian recruit Justin Carney, reported back for pre-season training.

Tigers coach Ian Millward said: "Having previously worked in the same role at Hull FC, Ben brings a wealth of experience with him that will no doubt have a positive impact on our pre-season preparations."