Rovers boss hails new development scheme

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Featherstone Rovers coach Daryl Powell has praised a unique new scheme at the club after Shaun Gee became the first player to get an opportunity to play professional rugby league through it.

Back-rower Gee (pictured) recently made his Rovers under 19s debut against Castleford.

He has worked on the club’s new EACT Purston Academy along with six other youngsters since September last year.

The work he has being doing with the academy has included three sessions per week with head coach Powell and assistant coach Ryan Sheridan. These sessions include skills elements in both attack and defence alongside weights and conditioning.

In addition the lads are being educated at the EACT Purston academy in vehicle maintenance.

The players on the project play for their community clubs, which in Gee’s case is Methley Royals ARLFC, but they also have a chance to train and play with Featherstone under 19s if they progress.

Powell said: “I think the scheme is quite unique in Rugby League.

“It’s an opportunity for young players to spend time within our environment in the daytime and work towards a vocational qualification while still playing for their amateur clubs and having a chance to play for our under 19s. It’s a special course.

“The scheme is good from all sorts of angles. It’s great for player development and the players’ education.

“We are recruiting at the moment and we are looking forward to hearing from people who are interested in the course.”