Featherstone’s Aussie signing Verlinden set to arrive this week

Rovers coach Andy Hay: "We are hoping Ryan will arrive Wednesday night or Thursday morning." Picture: Steve Riding.
Rovers coach Andy Hay: "We are hoping Ryan will arrive Wednesday night or Thursday morning." Picture: Steve Riding.

Australian prop Ryan Verlinden is finally set to arrive at Featherstone Rovers this week.

Verlinden, who has been waiting to be granted Irish citzenship, has been training with his former Australian club Newtown Jets since he signed for Rovers on a two-year contract last September.

“We are hoping Ryan will arrive Wednesday night or Thursday morning,” said Rovers coach Andy Hay.

Featherstone Rovers Independent Supporters Association (FRISA) have made a contribution towards the cost of signing Verlinden.

FRISA has raised over £180,000 since its inception and members presented their latest cheque for £7,500 to the club at half-time at last Sunday’s home game against Workington Town.

Members pay £5 per month via standing order to raise funds to help player recruitment.

Fans can sign up by e-mailing rovers@frisa.co.uk

Rovers chief executive Pat Cluskey said: “The contribution FRISA has made to the club over the years is substantial and I’d like to thank all of the members for their continued contribution to the cause.

“FRISA have followed up their £5,000 donation towards the signing of Reni Maitua with a further £2,500 towards Ryan Verlinden’s contract.

“This is a great gesture by FRISA and I can only urge any fans that are not in the organisation and can afford £5 per month to contact them.

“100 new members would contribute an additional £26,000 per year to their funds and allow us to invest further in our playing squad both this season and next.”