Price is right for Rovers

NEW Featherstone Rovers signings with their fathers (left to right) Gary H Price,  Jacob Price, Daryl Powell, Lewis Price and Gary S Price.
NEW Featherstone Rovers signings with their fathers (left to right) Gary H Price, Jacob Price, Daryl Powell, Lewis Price and Gary S Price.

FEATHERSTONE Rovers have signed youngsters Lewis Price and Jacob Price.

Their fathers – both called Gary Price – are former Featherstone teammates who played in the same Rovers pack in the early 1990s.

Highly-rated 16-year-old Lewis Price – son of Gary S Price – will play in the Featherstone Rovers under 19 academy side in 2013.

Lewis is a former Castleford Tigers Scholarship player and Castleford Lock Lane junior who has interested Super League Clubs before deciding to join Featherstone Rovers.

Lewis has just returned from an exchange venture in Australia where he represented Mackay Juniors in an impressive stint.

Jacob Price, 20, is a former Wakefield Wildcats junior and is the son of former Rovers pack star and head coach Gary H Price. Jacob will join the Featherstone Rovers under 23 reserves side from amateur club Thornhill Trojans.

Rovers head coach Daryl Powell said: “I think it is fantastic news that we have been able to recruit the sons of two of the hardest working forwards in Featherstone Rovers’ recent history. Lewis Price is a centre who will play with our under 19s team. He has a good frame for a young player and loads of potential to become a high quality player of the future and we are delighted to welcome him along with Jacob Price.

“Jacob has been playing for Wakefield Wildcats in the back row. He is tall and rangy and we see him as a great recruit for the future. Danny Evans (Rovers reserves coach) has seen a lot of him and rates him very highly.

“I look forward to both these players representing Featherstone Rovers with the same determination and pride as their fathers did.”

Meanwhile, Rovers boss Powell is happy with the way his first-team squad is shaping up for 2013.

“The squad’s looking strong across all positions for next year,” he said.

“I’m delighted with what we’ve got. We’ve got competition in every single position across the field, which is what you always want as a coach.

“Obviously we’re looking to be consistent again. Halifax and Leigh are signing good quality players and we need to ramp up our levels to make sure we stay ahead of the pack. We are signing some young players from Super League under 20s, that will come out in the next week or so, but in terms of established first-team players there won’t be too many signings to come.”

Batley Bulldogs have signed former Featherstone half-back or hooker Tom Hemingway.