New Rovers signing Danny Craven handed number one shirt

Danny Craven has joined Featherstone on a season long loan.
Danny Craven has joined Featherstone on a season long loan.

Featherstone Rovers have confirmed that full-back or half-back Danny Craven has joined them from Super League club Widnes Vikings on a season-long loan. The 24-year-old has been handed the Rovers number one shirt for the 2016 season.

Craven has made 41 appearances of his 64 appearances for the Vikings in the top flight.

He also has experience in the Kingstone Press Championship in loan spells at Whitehaven and Halifax.

Rovers head coach Jon Sharp said: “I’m really excited to get Danny on board. He is an experienced player and brings some excellent attributes to the squad such as his strong kicking game.

“He has bags of pace and great footwork to not only create opportunities but to also finish chances created by others. His strike rate shows that he will bring another attacking dimension to our play and like the rest of our new recruits has a great attitude and very professional. He is an enthusiastic trainer and I think Danny will thrive in this environment.”

Craven said: “I’m an ambitious person and I want to work hard and nail down a spot in the side first and foremost. My aim is to get a consistent run of games, that’s when I play my best rugby league and perform to the level I know I can. I’m settling in well and once I start training fully with the rest of the boys I’m sure I will integrate in well.

“The facilities here at Featherstone are outstanding and after speaking with Jon, he’s building a squad and team ethic which is very similar to mine which is built around working hard and working for each other. The squad that Jon is bringing together, these facilities and support from everyone around us I can’t see why we can’t challenge in 2016.”