Dual registration is working well for Newman and Featherstone

Harry Newman.
Harry Newman.

Hugely promising teenager Harry Newman is proving that the dual registration system can be a success with an outstanding spell in the Featherstone Rovers team.

The 18-year-old centre has played five games for Fev since his parent club, Leeds Rhinos, allowed him to join the Betfred Championship team and he has already managed to get across the try line eight times.

Rovers coach John Duffy is tipping the youngster for a bright future in the game while Newman’s tries have contributed to Featherstone’s climb into second place and he is gaining valuable experience playing at a good standard.

As far as the Huddersfield-born centre is concerned, it is a win-win situation.

He said: “I’m very happy, I got a try on my debut [against Batley Bulldogs], then we played Toronto and I didn’t score, but since then I’ve got seven in my last three games, including a hat-trick.

“It is going really well and I am enjoying it. I have really settled in now and I’m getting on with everyone.”

Newman became the first player born this century to appear in Betfred Super League when he made his Rhinos debut away to Wigan Warriors last July.

He has also played once in the top-flight this season, in a defeat at Widnes Vikings, but reckons the Championship is a good school.

“I am getting experience playing against some full-time teams,” he said.

“The physicality of it, playing against men every week, is what I need.

“I have played a few games for the [Rhinos’] academy this year, but I am enjoying it at Fev and it’s more of a challenge for me and it is going really well.”

Dual-registration is similar to a loan, but done on a game-by-game basis rather than for a specific number of weeks. Newman is playing alongside seasoned professionals of the quality of Martyn Ridyard and former England star Gareth Hock, but also training through the day at Leeds.

“I train with Fev on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, if I get picked,” he said. “But I am still at Leeds every day, with the lads, so that’s good - getting experience at both places.

“Obviously I am pushing for a spot at Leeds, but I wouldn’t mind staying at Fev for the rest of the year, picking up the experience and game time.”