Duo in line for Rovers debuts

editorial image

FEATHERSTONE Rovers coach Daryl Powell says there is a “strong chance” new signings Andy Ellis (pictured) and Jack Briscoe could make their debuts in Saturday’s Co-operative Championship game against York City Knights at Bigfellas Stadium (6pm).

Wakefield Wildcats hooker Andy Ellis, 27, has joined Rovers initially on a one-month’s loan and 20-year-old Hull winger Briscoe has been signed on a dual registration for the remainder of the season.

Powell said: “We will have a look at them in training this week and see how they slot in with us. I haven’t made a final decision yet on whether they will play this weekend. We will look at them in practice and take it from there.”

Former Harlequins, Barrow and Hull KR player Ellis joined the Wildcats this season but has made only two appearances for the Super League club.

Powell said: “I thought he was excellent when he played at Barrow and he’s had Super League experience since then.

“It will be interesting to see how he’s developed and how he fits into the way we play but I’d expect him to be a strong performer for us and again it gives us competition for places.”

Former Featherstone Lions player Briscoe - younger brother of Hull FC and England winger Tom - has yet to make his senior debut for Hull.

Powell decided against giving him his Rovers debut in last Sunday’s match at Batley Bulldogs.

“I just felt a bit uncomfortably putting him straight into a game of such importance to us when he’s only had one training session with us,” he said.

“I needed to have another look at him and for him to have another look at us in practice.”