Hepworth links up again with Rovers coach Powell

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FORMER Castleford Tigers player Jonny Hepworth is joining Featherstone Rovers on a two-year deal.

The 28-year-old will link up with Rovers when he completes his commitments with Rotherham Titans RUFC.

Hepworth (pictured) played under Daryl Powell when the Rovers boss coached Super League club Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Tykes rugby union team.

Powell said: “I know Jonny pretty well as a person. He fits the right type of bloke we have at the club and I see him as an electric player who will be fantastic for us.

“He is sharp and strong and he’s great with the ball.

“I think he will add something that we haven’t got at the moment and will allow a bit more balance across our squad particularly Andy Kain moving back to hooker.

“It’s gives us more strength in depth which we have clearly lost since Kyle Briggs left us so it is an important acquisition.

“Jonny can play centre, full-back, stand-off and hooker. He has plenty of versatility and he’s a pretty durable character as well.

“He’s been out of rugby league for a few years but he trained with us in pre-season when he was preparing for the rugby union season and he looks as sharp and as good as ever.”

After leaving Leeds Rhinos, Hepworth played for his hometown club Castleford Tigers before switching codes to play rugby union for Irish teams Leinster and Clontarf and then Leeds Tykes and Rotherham.

Featherstone have also agreed a permanent deal for the rest of the season with former Huddersfield and Blackpool half-back or hooker Tom Hemingway.

The 24-year-old Dewsbury-born player joined Featherstone as a trialist last month.

Powell said: “Tom can play at six, seven and nine.

“With the signing of Tom and Jonny Hepworth it really stiffens us up.”