Featherstone’s players reported back for training at the Big Fellas Stadium on Monday evening.
Those who attended included George Flanagan (broken leg), Andy Bostock (hip) and James Mendeika (knee) who are all recovering from surgery.
“Andy Bostock is on crutches at present but his operation went really well. He’s targeting the last trial game and if we can get him into that we’ll be happy,” said Rovers coach Andy Hay.
“George Flanagan has got to have a screw taken out in December so once he’s had that done he will be into a lot better training and rehab and James Mendeika is making great headway with his rehab.
“All the other boys came back ready to go on Monday night. We had a good couple of sessions with weights and some testing and field work.
“We had a meeting about where we see the pre-season going. We are going to have to work a lot harder than we did last season to get the rewards we want.
“The reserves were there as well so everyone was back in together and working hard.
“Pre-season is not just the physically preparation but also the mental side of it.
“We are setting our standards and that will be a big part of it. I’m not saying there was a lot wrong last year but there will be some changes. We need to push ourselves and every single player needs to push himself to improve.
“No matter how good we thought we were last season we were still behind Leigh. We’ve also got Bradford and London dropping down a division so we’ve got to catch up with them as well.
“We need it to be tough and we need to put the lads under pressure.
“It’s going to be a tough slog and that is after they’ve finished their day job and they are coming back to training on a night.
“We’ve got to get them energised and working hard and that’s part of the coaching staff’s job. We want the players to want to be better players. If we can do that and we can get it right, I think we will have a better team.”
Jack Ormondroyd and Luke Cooper are back at Featherstone after having a spell in Australia gaining experience playing in the Sydney country league.
“Jack and Luke are looking eager and keen to push themselves,” added Hay.
“They’ve had good experience in Australia and played in a good competition but they’ve got to come back and do it all again now in front of a new coach and in a new squad. I’m looking forward to seeing what those two can do.”