Warrington prop Wood joins Featherstone on two-year contract

Prop Paul Wood (left) in action for Warrington. Picture: Steve Riding.
Prop Paul Wood (left) in action for Warrington. Picture: Steve Riding.

Featherstone Rovers have signed experienced prop Paul Wood from Warrington Wolves.

Wood, 33, who made 339 appearances for Warrington, joins Rovers on a two year deal and could make his debut in Sunday’s pre-season friendly at Wakefield.

Rovers coach Andy Hay is delighted to have signed three times Challenge Cup and Super League Grand Final winner Wood who has two England caps.

“Paul is an experienced forward who will bring aggression to our pack,” said Hay.

“He was looking for a fresh challenge and was impressed with the ambition that we are showing on and off the pitch at the club. He appreciates what we are trying to achieve at Featherstone and is eager to be involved and play a vital contribution to our future.

“He’s a tough player who does not take a backward step and has a very good off-load in his game. I think we will complement our other forwards and be a real asset for us in what will be a highly competitive Kingstone Press Championship.”

Wood said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge 2015 will bring to both Featherstone Rovers and myself. I had a number of options to remain in Super League or to move into the Championship but when I came over to Featherstone there was a good feel about the place which was amplified when speaking with Andy Hay and chairman Mark Campbell.

“It’s a great place to play rugby league and whenever I’ve been here in the past we’ve always commented on how well the fans get behind the Rovers. I can’t believe they’ve actually built two stands.

“I’ve had a good pre-season with Warrington and now I can’t wait to get started in a Featherstone Rovers shirt, hopefully at Wakefield on Sunday.”