FORMER Knights star Ryan Peacey has returned to Castle Park to coach Doncaster Phoenix.
The former Saracens and Gloucester back row will replace Steve Boden who has decided to leave the Knights.
Peacey (pictured left) has been playing and coaching with National League side Harrogate for the last six seasons and will continue to play in Yorkshire Two with Phoenix.
Another former Knights favourite in Donavan Van Vuuren will support Peacey in his coaching role.
Phoenix are hoping the appointment of the 29-year-old will help trigger a push for promotion next season.
Director of rugby Drew Noble said: “When Steve let us know he was planning on leaving Doncaster, we wanted to make sure we secured a top class replacement who could also lead on the field.
“Ryan ticks all those boxes – and then some.
“He’s been starring at a much higher level and we’re confident that as well as helping us on the field during games, he can also bring on some of the youngsters we’ve got coming through the Phoenix ranks.”
Peacey said: “I’m an ambitious coach and the club shares the same goals of trying to push on for promotion, while at the same time making sure the players enjoy the game and everything else it brings.
“I’ve been at Harrogate for six years and the chance of being able to coach and play on my doorstep was obviously also a big pull.
“I’m really looking forward to getting to know the players and maybe bringing in some new faces if we need some.
“But I already feel there’s a real buzz of excitement about the place and I can’t wait to get started.”