Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Hay believes new arrival Ryan Verlinden will add “another dimension” to the team.
Aussie prop Verlinden, signed on a two-year contract last September, has finally arrived at Featherstone after a lengthy delay and could make his debut in Sunday’s Challenge Cup tie at Catalans Dragons.
Hay said: “It’s a big relief to finally see Ryan here at the Big Fellas Stadium and our stadium name certainly matches Ryan’s physique.
“It’s been a long await for Ryan, coaching staff, officials and supporters and we’ve all had to show a lot of patience.
“He’s really excited to be here and even after that long flight from Australia he was showing a lot of enthusiasm when meeting his new colleagues.
“He hasn’t been here 24 ours yet and he really wants to integrate and is already on the look out to find work in the UK.
“He’s a big guy and will really add another dimension to us. You can tell he’s going to be a big asset on and off the field and I’m sure his arrival has been worth the wait and all the hard work that has gone in behind the scenes.
“Fans lucky enough to be travelling to France will likely see Ryan make his debut in a Rovers shirt.
“I’m sure he will definitely be in the frame for our Summer Bash fixture against Leigh Centurions.”