COACH Daryl Powell is happy with Featherstone’s strength in depth in the front row for next season.
Rovers have further bolstered their pack by signing former Halifax, Dewsbury, Castleford and Hull FC prop Dominic Maloney on a one-year contract.
The 24-year-old has been confirmed as Featherstone’s latest recruit after the arrival of Danny Grimshaw, Anthony England, James Lockwood, Nathan Freer and Tangi Ropati.
Powell is delighted with his front row signings following the departure of Tony Tonks to Huddersfield and Ross Divorty and Iain Morrison to Halifax.
He said: “It gives us six quality front rowers in Stuart Dickens, Mick Haley, Dom Maloney, Nathan Freer, Anthony England and James Lockwood, who can play at prop and in the back row.
“I had signed a young prop from a Super League club for both of the last two seasons and it didn’t quite work out for us so I am really keen that our front row has some depth and a bit of granite about it, plus experience in the Championship, and that’s what we are going to have next season.
“I am delighted with the way the squad is looking for 2012. Obviously, we have lost a couple of people, particularly up front, but I think the people we have recruited are going to be great for us.
“I am really pleased with what we’ve got. There’s a lot of depth, experience and pace. And there’s plenty of size as well so I’m really looking forward to next season.”
Powell, who is currently working as England coach Steve McNamara’s assistant in the Gillette Four Nations Tournament, added: “I’ve not had a look at the Championship structure as I’ve been tied up with England training. But for next season we know where we’re at. There’s a team less in the competition, but that takes away the ridiculous weekends off across the season and there’s only one game at Easter so that’s great for the players as well.”
Powell is pleased to have snapped up Maloney, who will join Rovers when he returns from Australia in January.
He said: “Dom is a top level prop forward in the Championship so I’m delighted he is joining us. He’s a really good go-forward prop. He’s tough and he understands this level.
“He has been travelling round Australia and working a little bit.I think he intended to play but I don’t think he has played that much. He won’t be back in this country until January but he’s working pretty hard on a training plan while he is in Australia and then he’ll join us when he gets back. He will be here before the start of the season.”
Maloney played for Dewsbury for three seasons after joining them as an 18-year-old from Castleford Tigers. He then had a spell with Hull, making seven Super League appearances in 2009, before he signed for Halifax. He was in the Halifax team that beat Rovers in the 2010 Championship Grand Final.
Meanwhile, Featherstone’s 2012 season tickets are now on sale. Prices have been frozen at 2011 levels.
The prices are adult (£145), OAP/student (£80), child (£35, includes away league matches), family of two adults and two children (£300), family of one adult and two children (£160) and new friend or family member (£100).
Gate admission prices next season will be adult (£15 at turnstile or £14 online), OAP/student (£9) and children under 16 (£3).
Rovers will hold their scholarship sportspersons dinner in The Atrium, at Bigfellas Stadium, on Friday, November 11.
Main guest for the evening is former Great Britain player Barrie McDermott who is now head of youth development at Leeds Rhinos and also works as a pundit for Sky Sports.
There will be entertainment from comedian Max Pressure.
The dinner, in aid of Rovers’ junior development (scholarship and academy), costs £25 a person. Tickets are available from scholarship manager Robin Sharp on 07812 386860, by visiting the club or ringing the club office on 01977-702386.
Latest £500 winners in the Rovers lottery are T Butterfield (I5586), I Barraclough (K1211), A White (I1911), S Memories (L0351), T Garratt (E4961). Travellers Rest meal voucher: S Reid (W3324).