‘Key appointment’ at Featherstone Rovers

Coach John Bastian: "This is a key appointment for Rovers."
Coach John Bastian: "This is a key appointment for Rovers."

Featherstone Rovers have appointed Steve Mills as head of analysis and statistics in a newly-created role at the club.

New head coach John Basian has hailed it as a “key appointment.”

Mills, who has joined Rovers from Warrington Wolves, will be responsible for designing and implementing a new system that can be utilised by all coaches and players at Rovers including the first grade, under 20s and the under 16 Academy.

The system will enable coaching staff to improve their analytical and statistical skills when measuring individual and team performances both in matches and in training.

Bastian said: “This is a key appointment for Rovers as we strive for Super League status.

“It is important that we have accurate information on how individuals and the team are performing. It is also important that this system is not only embedded in our first team but also our under 20s and Academy and that this culture becomes engrained in all personnel at the club.

“Steve will be able to provide statistics ‘in-play’ during games and assist with pre-match preparation and post-match analysis. For example we will be able to monitor energy consumption in offensive and defensive areas which will enable us to achieve the right balance if required. “The live statistics on game day will instantly highlight areas for improvement and will prove an invaluable tool for us and our players. It is also important that these statistics and evidence are presented visually in a fashion that are easy to understand and interpret which Steve is highly competent at.

“Steve is an enthusiastic and energetic young man who like all at the club has an appetite to learn, develop and progress professionally and personally.

“Steve received excellent tutelage and guidance from Emma Edwards, head of performance analysis at Warrington Wolves, where he developed a strong grasp of statistical analysis and how this can be exploited in the sport.”

Mills says he is “delighted” to join Rovers.

“The board and John Bastian have a clear vision for the future which will help them achieve the goal of obtaining Super League status,” he said.

“The foundation of the club is stable and thriving which can only benefit the club.

“My role at Rovers is to collate players statistics by giving feedback to players on an individual and group basis. I will be providing John and his team with live statistics during games which will enable John to make effective and quick decisions which could prove game changing. I wish to thank all concerned for this fantastic opportunity and I cannot wait to get the ball rolling.”

Featherstone fans have the chance to meet new coach Bastian and the club’s new signings at an event in the Cappers Bar in the clubhouse on Wednesday, November 27 (7.30pm start).

The evening will be hosted by Rovers operations manager Darren Payne.

Rovers are hosting a New Year’s Eve party in the clubhouse on December 31. The international lounge and the 1921 suite will be open for families with children.

There will be musical entertainment and a bouncy castle.

Children must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult.

The Cappers Bar will be open for adults only with a live DJ. Doors open at 7pm.

The bars will be open in all three rooms and food will be available to purchase on the night.

Tickets are £5 for adults. There is free admission for under 16s but they must still have a valid ticket to gain entry.

Tickets are available to purchase from the Rovers main office and online at the Rovers website.

Entry on the door will be £7.