Rovers plan to delay announcing squad numbers

FEATHERSTONE coach Daryl Powell is in no rush to announce squad numbers for the 2010 campaign.

Rovers will have 11 new recruits, many of them capable of playing in more than one position.

Powell said: "What I want to do is to give players - especially the new ones coming in - an opportunity to show me where they should be. I will leave the squad numbers as late as I possibly can.

"I would like to do it after the pre-season friendlies get underway but whether I can do that with the RFL I am not too sure.

"Ultimately, I suppose squad numbers are nice to have and some players see them with a great deal of kudos but I think it's about getting the shirt on a week to week basis. That involves a lot of hard work and players being consistent which is what I am looking for."

Featherstone hope to go on a pre-season training camp to Catterick.

Powell said: "We are hoping to go to Catterick but it hasn't yet been confirmed. I am still waiting to hear back from the Army."

He is pleased Rovers players Ross Divorty (Wales), Jon Steel and Iain Morrison (both Scotland) and Liam Finn (Ireland) have been on international duty in the European Cup.

"I think it's good that players get international experience," he said.

"I think it helps them in the week to week game when they come back to our level of competition."

Rovers are delighted with the early response to their 2010 'ST Plus' season ticket offer.

They have now extended the early bird discount offer so fans can still place a deposit for their 2010 season ticket.

Anyone placing a deposit before the end of November will receive a season ticket at a discounted price and also benefit from discounts from partners already signed up to the scheme including motor company Ringways and Mexican restaurant Chiquitos at Xscape.

Rovers chief executive Andy Prout (pictured) said: "We are very encouraged at the number of deposits received during October, which are currently higher than the number received in October, 2008.

"As things stand at the moment if everyone who bought a season ticket for 2009 places a deposit before the end of this month, then we will hit our target of 1,000 and be able to give these people two season tickets for the price of one.

"It is also important that people realise just how many local businesses have now joined the scheme.

"They include food, drink, entertainment, hair and beauty and automotive services, offering discounts and or other benefits which, if used regularly, will save the season ticket holders more money during the year than the price they pay for the season ticket. That then gives supporters a whole season of watching rugby at the Chris Moyles Stadium as a bonus."

Full details can be found on the club's website, online shop or from the club office on 01977-702386.

Rovers stage an annual bonfire, organised by the Joint Supporters Group, at their ground this Saturday (adults 4 and children 1). Gates open at 6.30pm and fireworks are lit at 7.15pm. The bar will be open in the Rovers clubhouse and food will be on sale.

Ex-Rovers players Jackie Fennell, Les Tonks and Keith Bell will be inducted into the club's hall of fame at an event in the clubhouse next Friday evening (November 13).

The event, compered by comedian Mike Emmett, includes a three course dinner.Tickets cost 20.

Statistics on each player are being supplied by former club secretary Terry Jones and video footage will be shown courtesy of Terry Mullaney.