Sharp: New boys can make a difference for Featherstone

Richard Moore.
Richard Moore.

Head coach Jon Sharp is confident that his new signings will give him the increased punch he is after for his Featherstone Rovers side in 2017.

Rovers have added six players to their first team squad so far – three forwards and three backs – and Sharp is backing all of them to make a big difference.

He told the Express: “I’m really pleased with the people who’ve come in. They met the fellas on Monday and were made to feel welcome. It seems like they are going to be good for us.

“There’s some experience we’ve added in the forwards and some toughness as well.

“Richard Moore’s a big aggressive player. Michael Knowles is not the biggest in stature, but he’s a tough player and highly skilled. They will certainly add some steel to the team.

“Keal Carlile with his skill around the ruck will add another dimension to our attack.

“Chris Ulugia is an absolute handful and will cause problems for defences throughout the Championship. He played really well in the Middle 8s and it just looks like he’s going to be a beast.

“James Duckworth and Luke Briscoe are dead set to have big futures ahead of them. Hopefully we can keep them for a couple of years, but there’s some potential in both of them to go to another level.”

Sharp is also pleased that Misi Taulapapa has agreed to sign a new one-year contract with Rovers.

He said: “Misi has been outstanding for us and has been a real good signing.

“I’ve been really pleased with him, he’s a great fella and contributes a hell of a lot off the field as well as on it. He’s got some leadership as well.

“I think he surprised himself how well he did play last season. Just a change of position and going into the centres worked wonders for him. He got his hands on the ball a bit more and proved damaging with his carrying. The way he defended as well I thought was just superb and he was rightly rewarded with a nomination for Championship player of the year.”