Rovers snap up Roche from Sheffield Eagles

Colton Roche pictured during his time at Leeds Rhinos Academy. Picture: Steve Riding.

Colton Roche pictured during his time at Leeds Rhinos Academy. Picture: Steve Riding.

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Featherstone Rovers have signed Colton Roche on a two-year contract from Championship rivals Sheffield Eagles.

The 20-year-old, who can play at prop, second row and at centre, is a product of the Leeds Rhinos academy.

He signed for the Rhinos academy in 2009 and won representative honours with Yorkshire in 2008 and England under 16s in 2009.

Last year he was selected to play for Ireland - qualifying under his mother’s nationality - and came off the bench to feature against Scotland and England Knights in the autumn internationals.

In 2012, he was released by the Rhinos and joined Sheffield Eagles, making 19 appearances for them as they retained the Championship crown.

Roche said: “The chance to join Featherstone Rovers was something I could not turn down. The ambition of the club is something I want to be part of. John Bastian was a huge part of my decision to join Rovers as I know he will put the time in to help me improve as a players. I cannot wait to get started with this team and be a part of something special.”

Incoming Rovers head coach John Bastian said: “Colton is another young player who has so much potential, he recognises how important moral values are whilst trying to reach his goals of being a recognised Super League player. If Colton continues to show the same determination and drive to progress and succeed then he will become a crowd favourite at Featherstone Rovers. We look forward to welcoming him and his family and we will continue to support his development in the game.”