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Championship Season Preview: Featherstone Rovers

The Rovers have had a huge overall from their 2018 squad. A total of 11 players out the door and 13 players coming in.

Their supporters will feel like they are watching a completely different team. Head Coach, John Duffy left to join Leigh and he was followed by Sam Brooks and Martyn Ridyard.

Tom Holmes has been signed up by Huddersfield Giants and Luke Briscoe has joined Leeds permanently.

Anthony Thackaray and Gareth Hock have also departed to Sheffield Eagles and Barrow Raiders respectively.

New Head Coach, Ryan Carr, has some work to do in order to get this brand new Rovers side working as a team but with such a solid influx of players that shouldn’t be such a hard job for the Australian.

Brett Delaney, from Leeds, and Jack Bussey from the Toronto Wolfpack were the first of a trio of big name signings at Rovers.

Alongside James Harrison and Brad Day, who joins from Batley, the forward pack at Featherstone is one to be worried about for other Championship sides.

Watson and Ase Boas have come in and will look to form an exciting half-back partnership as they are assigned the six and seven jerseys.

The biggest name that has come in during the off-season was that of former Parramatta Eels hooker, Cameron King.

King previously won the NRL and the World Club Challenge with St George Illawarra Dragons and really came into his own last season at the Eels.

A huge scoop for the Rovers as they snap up the Super League calibre player.

A new-era perhaps beckons for a club in transition. A new reserve-grade team has been put together full of amateur players.

This will need to be a fruitful reserves side as the Rovers squad currently stands at just 21 players, one of the smallest in the Championship.

I see Featherstone pushing for the top five but I feel like Bradford’s group mentality may just be what leaves the Rovers outside that group.

Squad:

Thompson Teteh, Josh Hardcastle, Conor Carey, Ase Boas, Watson Boas, Scott Wheeldon, Cameron King, Jack Bussey, Brett Delany, Brad Day, James Lockwwod, John Davies, Luke Cooper, Danny Maskill, James Harrison, Spencer Darley, Jimmy Beckett, Kiedon Hartley, Morgan Punchard, Dakota Whiley, Jimmy McDaniel.

INS:

Ase Boas (PNG Hunters), Watson Boas (PNG Hunters), Thompson Teteh (PNG Hunters), Dakota Whylie (Leeds Rhinos), Kiedon Hartley (Leeds Rhinos), Spencer Darley (Leeds Rhinos), Brett Delany (Leeds Rhinos), Jack Bussey (Toronto Wolfpack), Cameron King (Parramatte Eels), Conor Carey (Eastern Suburbs Tigers).

OUTS:

Tom Holmes (Huddersfield Giants), Keal Carlile (Newcastle Thunder), Richard Moore (Hunslet), Connor Farrell (Bradford Bulls), Gareth Hock(Barrow Raiders) , Anthony Thackeray (Sheffield Eagles), Misi Taulapapa (Newcastle Thunder), Matty Wildie (Bradford Bulls), Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions), Sam Brooks (Leigh Centurions), Luke Briscoe (Leeds Rhinos).

PREDICTED LEAGUE FINISH – 6th

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