BRETT DELANEY will depart as York City Knights assistant coach next week to join Hull KR.

Delaney was set to make the switch to the Betfred Super League side at the end of the season but the move has been brought forward following Tony Smith’s departure from KR on Monday.

Danny McGuire has stepped up into the hot seat with the Robins on an interim basis - prior to Willie Peters’ arrival next term - and he will be assisted by his former Leeds Rhinos team-mate Delaney.

The Australian will be in the dugout for the final time as York assistant for Monday night's trip to Betfred Championship play-off rivals Halifax Panthers at the Shay Stadium (7.45pm).

The four-time Super League winner joined the Knights in November and, alongside head coach James Ford, has led the club to a current position of third, a marked improvement from last year’s ninth-placed finish.

The Press understands that a successor to Delaney is not expected to be appointed imminently, although the club have stepped up their search for a number two.

Long-serving assistant coach and team manager Will Leatt will continue to work alongside Ford.

A York City Knights statement said: “The Knights would like to wish ‘Frog’ (Delaney) well throughout his time with Hull KR and beyond. He will always be welcome back at the club.

“Delaney made a positive impact to the playing group, especially with the younger players, where he has shared his vast experience with the squad.”