Pre-season progress pleases Rovers coach

Featherstone's new head of strength and conditioning Billy Mallinson.
Featherstone's new head of strength and conditioning Billy Mallinson.

Head coach Jon Sharp is delighted with the way Featherstone’s pre-season is progressing.

Players are working under the supervision of the club’s new head of strength and conditioning Billy Mallinson who held similar roles at Super League clubs Hull KR and Hull FC.

“Billy is a larger than life character who is full of beans and I think his enthusiasm is rubbing off on the players,” said Sharp.

“It’s extremely useful to have an experienced Super League head conditioner driving it forward on the physical side of things. It complements what we are trying to do on the football side. The training is going really well – I’m really pleased with the players.

“It’s a tough pre-season like it should be and it’s very important we get it right.

“We are only into our third week but we are happy with the way the guys are gelling and how they are working. We’ve not got a big squad but everyone we have on board is fit and healthy and should make the start of the season if we don’t pick up any injuries during pre-season.”

Sharp said Rovers were still aiming to add to their squad with a couple more new signings but there were currently no plans in place to bring in dual registered players from a Super League club.

“We are a little light on numbers,” he added.

“There are a couple of players that need to come into the equation that we are targeting.

“Hopefully, we can release news about that in the next couple of weeks.

“The squad needs to be a bit bigger but every coach would say the same that they are never quite happy with what they’ve got and they’d always like more.

“We are happy with the people we’ve got in at the minute and we’ve been very focused on the group we’ve got.

“Recruitment wise the guys we’ve brought in have been excellent and had a really good influence on the guys we’ve retained.

“I think there’s been some umming and ahhing about how the dual reg is going to work out this year and I think decisions on that from the RFL are going to be late calls.”