Featherstone Rovers in a 'good spot' despite injury problems marring pre-season preparations, says James Webster

Featherstone Rovers head coach James Webster feels that his side are in a “good spot” despite numerous injury concerns disrupting their pre-season preparations.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 6:00 am
Featherstone Rovers head coach James Webster. PIC: Dec Hayes.

Brad Day, Conor Carey and Brett Ferres are just a few of the Rovers’ squad who have had to sit out pre-season training through injury.

Day isn’t expected to return to the side until July while Thomas Minns and John Davies were ruled out for three months in November, after all three players underwent surgery.

Featherstone continued their preparations for the 2020 Championship campaign with a 17-try victory over Valencia Huracanes.

And Webster has been pleased with how the squad’s younger players have stepped up so far.

“We have had a good off-season, mentally we are in a good spot but numbers wise we have been really poor,” said Webster.

“It has been fantastic to see the younger players who come up from the reserves get lots of time and they played lots of minutes against York and last week in Spain.

“We are a little bit under prepared in that we had three operations on the first day of pre-season.

"Add to that, Brad Day, Conor Carey, Brett Ferres and the dual-reg boys not being there, we are looking at 10 people who are out.”

Ferres is expected to play next week against Leeds Rhinos in what will be Rovers’ final outing before the start of the season.

They continue their preparations this weekend, travelling to face Hull KR and Webster is hoping to name a strong side against his former club.

He added: “We want a good hit-out with no injuries.

“It will be good to try and get some time together as a team. Hopefully we will have a bit of stronger side out.

“We understand it is going to be a massive challenge for us going up against a strong and established Super League club.”