Rovers sign two Australian players

Rovers coacj Andy Hay: "Sam will be a great addition to our squad next year."  Picture: Bob Nunn.
Rovers coacj Andy Hay: "Sam will be a great addition to our squad next year." Picture: Bob Nunn.
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Featherstone Rovers have confirmed the signing of Australian players Sam Irwin and Ryan Verlinden on two-year contracts.

Irwin, 21, can either play half back or hooker and has made 10 NRL appearances for Gold Coast Titans after making his debut in 2013. He is currently playing for Burleigh Bears in the Queensland Cup Competition.

Prop forward Verlinden will join Rovers from Newtown Jets where he has made over 150 appearances. He is a former Cronulla Sharks junior.

Rovers coch Andy Hay said: “Sam will be a great addition to our squad next year. He can play either at hooker or in halves and for a young kid, he has already played at a very high level.

“He is quick around the ruck and can defend in the middle or on an edge. Having been speaking to Sam over the last month, he is very excited to be coming over to Featherstone Rovers and helping us fulfil our Super League ambition.

“Ryan will have a great presence next year when he pulls on a Rovers shirt. He has a wealth of experience and will definitely add some size to our forwards. He is another player who is looking forward to getting over here and helping us towards Super League.”