Hardman ‘honoured’ to be appointed Rovers vice-captain

Ian Hardman: " I'm looking forward to the extra responsibility that it entails." Picture: Bob Nunn.

Ian Hardman: " I'm looking forward to the extra responsibility that it entails." Picture: Bob Nunn.

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Full-back Ian Hardman has been appointed Featherstone’s vice-captain for this season.

The former St Helens, Widnes and Hull KR player has made more than 140 appearances in his six years with Featherstone.

Club captain Tim Spears said: “It’s great news regarding the appointment of Ian.

“Hardo is a great professional who has been one our most consistent performers and is highly respected by players, coaches and fans alike.

“He has an astute rugby brain and talks a lot of sense. I look forward to leading the team with him and the leadership group throughout 2014.”

Rovers coach John Bastian said: “I’m really pleased that Ian has accepted to take on the role as vice-captain.

“It’s an important role assisting Tim and as part of the leadership group already established within the first grade squad I felt that Ian was the ideal choice.

“Ian has been training with enthusiasm since I joined the club and has developed athletically. He has been training and playing with zest and looks rejuvenated.

“He is a good professional and sets an excellent benchmark for the younger members of our squad. He has become more involved in our attacking plays, creating opportunities and he has improved his communication on the field of play.”

On his appointment, Hardman said: “I’m honoured that John has selected me to assist Tim as captain. I’m looking forward to the extra responsibility that it entails and I’m sure that working as a group this squad can have a successful 2014 as we build for the future.

“It’s an exciting time to be part of the club and I’m really enjoying my time at Featherstone Rovers.”