Featherstone snap up half-back Grimshaw

FEATHERSTONE Rovers coach Daryl Powell welcomes new signing Danny Grimshaw to the club.
FEATHERSTONE Rovers coach Daryl Powell welcomes new signing Danny Grimshaw to the club.

GRAND Finalists Featherstone Rovers have started their recruitment for 2012 by signing Hunslet’s highly-rated Danny Grimshaw on a two-year contract.

Rovers coach Daryl Powell is delighted to have signed the 25-year-old half-back who has scored 23 tries in 51 appearances for the Hawks in the last two seasons.

“I think he’s been outstanding playing at six for Hunslet this year. Every time we’ve played against them he’s really challenged us,” said Powell.

“I think he’s a quality signing for the club and it increases our options because he can play in a number of positions as can Andy Kain and Jonny Hepworth so it gives us a great strength at half-back and a real threat to defensive lines with those players in our team.

“Danny has been one of the stand our performers in the championship this season playing in a team at the lower end of the competition.

“His pace and strength are stand out features of his game and we look forward to seeing his game develop further over the next two seasons. He will add depth of competition and complement our half back options already at the club.”

Grimshaw, who played for York City Knights and amateurs Sharlston Rovers before joining Hunslet, said: “Featherstone Rovers are my hometown team and I am delighted to be joining them for the next two seasons. I firstly want to test myself at one of the top teams in the championship and help to continue the club’s success of the last two years.

“Daryl Powell was one of the reasons I wanted to join Featherstone Rovers and he, the coaching staff and the quality players at the club will help me grow my game.”

Featherstone have also been linked with York prop Nathan Freer and Dewsbury forward James Lockwood. It is believed they have agreed terms with both players.