Featherstone Rovers boss: We have more improvement in us

Featherstone Rovers head coach John Duffy.
Featherstone Rovers head coach John Duffy.

Despite winning eight from 10 matches in the Betfred Championship so far Featherstone Rovers boss John Duffy reckons there is more improvement to come from his team.

Duffy is pleased that Rovers stand third in the table after coming through a testing period of five games in 19 days, winning four of them with the latest a convincing in the end 46-18 success against Dewsbury.

But he believes performance levels can still go up a notch or two in the coming weeks and he is looking for improvement on the long trip to play Barrow Raiders this Sunday.

He said: “The players know themselves they’ve still got a couple of gears left in them.

“There’s little things in our plays that let other teams off the hook when we could really put our foot down.

“We have got to make sure we are concentrating from minute one because our starts have not been too hot. But I am really happy with where we are and the way the squad’s going and hopefully we can continue that.”

Duffy is pleased that Rovers came through their tough fixture schedule with no major new injuries, enabling him to pick from strength for the Barrow trip.

“That’s another bonus,” he said. “The physio and strength and conditioning staff have been great and we’ve done the right things off the field.”

Duffy has also been helped by the dual registration players he has been able to call on from Leeds Rhinos, with Jack Ormondroyd and Harry Newman both playing important parts in the win over the Rams.

Centre Harry Newman took his tally of tries to six for Rovers with a brace against Dewsbury and Duffy continues to be delighted by his displays.

He said: “He has been fantastic, he has really bought into the club and the squad and I hope we can keep him because he’s been playing really well.

“Harry is going to be a superstar for Leeds in the future. He is an absolute athlete and has come to Featherstone and grasped the opportunity with both hands.”

Duffy, meanwhile, is pleased to have Mitch Clark available again this weekend after he rejoined the club on another loan deal from Castleford Tigers – and he will go straight back into the squad for the Barrow game.

He added: “We are absolutely delighted to have Mitch back on board with us and look forward to working with him once again.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Daryl Powell and Jon Wells for allowing the deal to happen.

“Although our squad is packed full of high-quality players, we have certainly missed Mitch’s attitude and passion over the Easter period.

“It will be great to see him back out there this weekend as we face the tough challenge of a trip to Barrow.”