Incoming Featherstone Rovers head coach John Bastian reckons the club has got a good player for the future having signed Ireland international James Mendeika from Warrington Wolves.
Mendeika, who has signed a two-year contract with Rovers, has Super League experience with London Broncos last season through a loan agreement and also featured for Swinton Lions in the Kingstone Championship.
In total, Mendeika made 20 senior appearances in the 2013 season, scoring an impressive 13 tries.
“James is another young and very ambitious person with his best playing years ahead of him,” said Bastian.
“He will add quality to the very youthful and yet experienced Featherstone Rovers squad.
“He has a very good attitude to training and is prepared to do the extra skills in his own time away from the club which I like in a player.
“James is a strong defender and has good speed and smart skills in offence. He is always looking to improve himself personally and professionally and will add lots of enthusiasm to the squad.
“His inclusion in the Ireland World Cup squad will benefit James and his development immensely. We all look forward to working with him and welcoming James to the Bigfellas Stadium once his international commitments come to an end.”
On completing his signing for Featherstone, Mendeika said: “I am delighted to be joining Featherstone Rovers. It’s an amazing opportunity to join such an ambitious club who have a strong desire to play Super League rugby in the very near future.
“This desire matches my own and I can’t wait to start the new season and begin driving towards that together.
“It will be great to work with John Bastian whom I already have a really good relationship with and having already met some of the lads I am even more eager to get under way.
“For now, I am concentrating on the World Cup with Ireland.
“It will be a massive experience for me in which I can learn and continue my development and help me when I come back to Featherstone Rovers and the challenge of the new season ahead.”