Featherstone Rovers aim to raise the bar

Feisal Nahaboo
Feisal Nahaboo

Featherstone Rovers are aiming to make a statement that they are ready to bounce back stronger for 2014 after narrowly missing out on the Kingstone Press Championship play-off final this year.

Majority shareholder Feisal Nahaboo has vowed to put more investment into the club to enable them to bring in the calibre of players capable of bolstering the current squad, the bulk of which are already signed on for 2014.

Rovers are set to announce a number of signings, having been linked in recent weeks with several players from their own division and in Super League.

The first of the big captures was confirmed with Jamie Cording moving from Premiership leaders’ shield winners Huddersfield Giants while highly rated youngster Shaun Pick has also been snapped up from Huddersfield on a two-year deal.

In the aftermath of a disappointing end to what had been another successful season at the Bigfellas Stadium, Rovers announced that Nahaboo had agreed to make a substantial investment in additional shares.

He said: “Like all, I’m deflated by last week’s result. But we are making a statement to all that we will raise the bar for next season.

“To compete with Featherstone 2014 will be a very challenging exercise for the Championship sides.

“We will continue to extend player contracts, bring in Super League signings and other players to bolster the squad who are young and ambitious and that will entice even more competition to wear the Featherstone Rovers shirt.

“This last week has been business as usual. We lost a battle, but our eyes are glued on top league rugby. That’s what we all want. I sense it, I see it and I want it. We want it. We ask fans to have faith to support our movement.

“We were the most consistent side over a season as the league table showed. Knock-out matches are a lottery at times and whilst disappointed it also shows where we need to address matters to ensure we have best possible chance of success next year.

“Mark Campbell and I have told the directors of our expectations and we must ensure we have the best possible squad within regulations to give us that chance.”

Rovers have been further boosted financially by a new sponsorship deal with Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire.

Two current Featherstone Rovers players plus one who played for them in the season just gone and one they are heavily linked with signing have been included in the Scotland squad for the forthcoming World Cup.

Rovers centre Ben Hellewell and winger Dave Scott are part of the Scottish squad along with forward Sam Barlow, who ended last season at Featherstone, and Batley Bulldogs half-back Gareth Moore, who has been strongly rumoured to be on his way to the Bigfellas Stadium.

While Rovers have not confirmed his signing yet it has been confirmed this week that Moore is leaving Batley.

Tickets are now on sale for the Scotland v Papua New Guinea World Cup warm-up friendly which takes place at the Bigfellas Stadium on Saturday, October 19 (kick-off 2pm).