Featherstone’s star signing Etu Uaisele arrived yesterday from Australia.
The 29-year-old Tongan international centre or winger, who has played for Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers in the NRL, touched down at Manchester airport on Monday morning.
It wasn’t long before he was at Big Fellas Stadium to meet head coach John Bastian and be shown around the club’s new Centre of Excellence and meet Rovers officials.
Rovers chief executive Craig Poskitt said: “It is great to finally meet Etu and his family.
“Despite the long journey Etu was keen to get started straight away and get a feel for the club.
“He’s struggling a bit with our Yorkshire accents but I am sure he will pick up the local twang quickly.”
Uaisele said: “I’d like to thank everyone at Featherstone Rovers for making me feel welcome and for Craig who met me at the airport on our arrival.
“Ever since I agreed to join Featherstone we have been supported really well.
“My first impressions of the club are great and I am looking forward to meeting my new teammates properly at training on Tuesday evening and getting started.”
Uaisele will be introduced to Rovers supporters tomorrow night (Wednesday) at the club’s latest fans forum in the Cappers Bar.