CLUB captain Stuart Dickens (pictured) is tipping close-season signing Dominic Dee to make a big impact at Featherstone Rovers.
Twenty-year-old prop Dee has joined Featherstone from Hull KR.
“Dom gives us size and power up front. He is only a young lad and his potential is enormous,” said experienced prop Dickens.
“He has played under 20s football for Hull Kingston Rovers so it’s been a bit of a culture shock playing among experienced, older first-team players, and he’s had to settle into a new environment generally.
“But he showed at least some of what he’s capable of pre-season, particularly in a recent game against Oldham, so I reckon he’ll have a big year.”
Dickens feels Rovers are well equipped to overcome the loss of key half-back Kyle Briggs who recently joined Super League club Bradford Bulls.
Last week Rovers bolstered their squad by signing hooker James Davey from Wakefield on a dual registration.
Said Dickens: “Kyle Briggs’ move came out of nowhere. He’s a grand bloke and a classy player. We all wish him well at the Bulls and I’m sure he’ll be a credit to himself.
“People expected us to replace Kyle ‘like for like’, but it didn’t happen that way.
“You have to remember that Andy Kain is a half back. It was natural for him to return to that position, and if a quality player like James Davey comes along, it’s a no brainer that you sign him. James has fitted in well and Kainy is part of the scheme of things anyway.”
Dickens believes Featherstone can improve on last season.
Rovers lost only two league matches last year on their way to lifting the Championship Leaders’ Shield and they narrowly failed to complete a trophy double when they were pipped 23-22 by Halifax in extra time in the Grand Final.
“If we all look back at the way we performed last year as a team and as individuals, we all know that we can improve: and that’s where our expectations lie,” said Dickens.
“We can realistically expect to improve our performances. As athletes that is what we are supposed to do, and you can be sure that’s what every other team in the competition will have done.”
“You can’t expect results, but you can work towards them and that’s where our collective expectations lie.”
Rovers are staging a scholarship dinner in the clubhouse on Friday, February 18 (7.30 start).
Pete Emmett will be the MC and comedian and former St Helens stand-off Tommy Martyn is guest speaker.
The event features a three-course meal, various raffles and sports auction. All proceeds will go the Rovers scholarship and youth development programme. Tickets cost £25. Dress code is smart/casual.
Tickets can be obtained from the club office, via the club website or by contacting Rovers scholarship manager Robin Sharp on 07812386860.
Latest £500 winners in the Rovers treasure chest lottery are H Luck (B0192), R Dunn (J2171), C Clifton (C1798), S Kendall (F5699), A Palmer (Q0816). Junction meal voucher: D Sowden (W1843).