MATT Crowther has switched from Castleford Tigers to Featherstone Rovers to take up a position as their new head of physiotherapy.
Crowther joins the club with a wealth of experience and has spent the last two years at Castleford as reserve and youth physio. He is seen as a key addition to the back room staff with Rovers also promoting Hayden Luke to first team conditioner.
Former player Crowther was a member of the Challenge Cup winning Sheffield Eagles side in 1998 and will start his role in pre-season training next month.
He played for Scotland in the 2000 World Cup while his club career also included spells at the Huddersfield Sheffield club and Hull FC in Super League before his career came to a premature end after he suffered a horrific leg injury in 2003.
Rovers head coach Daryl Powell said: “I am delighted to welcome Matt Crowther to the club. He was an outstanding player and I have no doubt he will bring the same qualities as a head physio as he did when he played.
“He understands the game and most importantly he understands the players, which I think is crucial for a head physio so he can quickly gain the players trust.”
On joining the club Crowther said: “I am extremely excited about joining Featherstone Rovers and their push towards returning to top flight rugby league.
“The history of the club, new stadium plans and the signing of more quality players means this club is moving in the right direction. I am also happy to be teaming up with Daryl Powell and Ryan Sheridan again, who I spent time with playing for Sheffield Eagles in the 90s.
“It is a great challenge for me joining as head of physiotherapy of a highly ambitious club like Featherstone Rovers and I am sure my rugby experience will bring an extra dimension to the medical department.”
Powell explained the decision to promote Hayden Luke as first team conditioner.
He said: “Hayden has been working with our under 23 team and it has been obvious how they have developed physically over the past year.
“He is a highly qualified conditioner who has an eye for detail. I know that both Hayden and Matt will bring a massive amount to their roles and I’m looking forward to working with them both to continue to develop the playing group in 2013.”