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Betfred Championship Championship and League One Featherstone Rovers

Rovers sign Eel King

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Championship side Featherstone Rovers have confirmed the signing of former Parramatta hooker Cameron King on a one-year deal, the club have confirmed.

King, 27, was out of contract with the NRL Eels at the end of 2018 and had been using social media in a bid to find a club for 2019 after offers were otherwise not forthcoming. Rovers’ new head coach Ryan Carr, himself also an Australian, has taken advantage of King’s situation and the Fev faithful will no doubt be excited to see what their ex-NRL man can offer the club as they look to rebuild through this season.

“I’m very excited to have Cameron joining our club for the 2019 season,” Carr told the media following the announcement of the 43-time NRL player signing with the LD Nutrition Stadium club. “He is a very talented hooker with plenty of NRL experience and will be a huge asset for us at Featherstone this year,” the Rovers head coach added. Noting his personal relationship with King, Carr outlined his confidence that the hooker – who scored the match-winning try for the Eels against Wigan in the 2011 World Club Challenge – would be a good fit for the club. “I know what a great person he is to have in a club. His work ethic and commitment are extremely professional, and he will bring great leadership both on and off the field,” he explained, continuing that “I’m very excited to be working with him and having him at our club for the upcoming season.”

Featherstone will host leading amateurs Hunslet Club Parkside on Saturday afternoon after the pair lost their opening Yorkshire Cup fixtures last weekend.

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Castleford Tigers match reports and previews Super League

Report: Young wingers shine for Tigers

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Sunday afternoon saw Castleford thrash neighbours Featherstone Rovers 56-0 at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle with young Tigers wingers Kieran Gill and Lewis Carr both crossing for hat-tricks.

A team with a mix of experienced first-teamers, youngsters and newly-signed reserves made the short trip to the Tigers while their hosts, much like Fev, had a mix of first-team experience and youth in their ranks. Cas showed their Super League class with some excellent finishing while demonstrating their defensive steel in keeping the Betfred Championship team scoreless over the eighty minutes.

That, perhaps, will have pleased head coach Daryl Powell most with the boss having outlined his desire for his team to improve their toughness and mental strength on the pitch in a bid to compete in the big matches. While academy wingers Carr and Gill – the latter has signed a season-long loan deal which will see him play for Newcastle in 2019 – shone and will get the plaudits, James Clare (2), Jake Sweeting and Calum Turner crossed for the Super League side. Greg Minikin also scored after starting the match in the centres as the former York man aims to impress Powell sufficiently to be Jake Webster’s replacement as one of the Tigers’ two first-choice centres.

 

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Betfred Championship Championship and League One Featherstone Rovers

Forward makes Rovers return

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Towering forward Jack Bussey has returned to Featherstone Rovers after a year with Betfred Championship rivals Toronto, turning down other full-time offers to rejoin his former club.

The 26-year-old had a mixed spell with the Wolfpack, making twelve appearances and helping the club win the league. However, his Canadian spell ended on a sour note after being hit with an eight-match ban after being charged with a Grade F biting charge.

That, though, hasn’t stopped Rovers – currently without a head coach after John Duffy left the club – re-signing the powerful prop and Bussey was delighted to be rejoining the team. “It’s like I’m coming home,” he told the club’s website, continuing that “there was interest from other clubs, but I didn’t really want to go anywhere else.”

“I can’t wait to get stuck in,” the 26-year-old added before speaking about his ban. “It’s not something I’m proud of. It was a heat of the moment thing and something I won’t repeat,” he explained, admitting that he was rather unhappy at the time, in stark contrast to now where he is back around his family and friends. I’ve gone from not seeing my family for months while living out of a hotel, to now where I see my family nearly everyday. I feel a lot better in myself now, knowing that I’ve got people around me,” Bussey said.

 

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Featherstone Rovers Super League

Delaney moves to Rovers

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Four-time Super League winning forward Brett Delaney has signed a two-year deal with Betfred Championship team Featherstone Rovers, the club have confirmed.

Ever since Delaney, 33, announced that he was leaving Leeds Rhinos, seemingly calling an end to his full-time career, a move to dual-registration partners Featherstone had been mooted. The Australian has made one previous appearance for the LD Nutrition Stadium club and Rovers fought off competition to sign the experienced back-rower who, when initially joining Leeds, was better known as a centre. The former NRL forward will continue employment at the Rhinos and is taking up a role with the club’s foundation.

Of his move, Delaney spoke of his eagerness to get started with his new team. I’m very excited to start a new chapter with Featherstone, for the next two years,” he told the media. I know I still have a lot to give, both on an off the pitch as a player.”