NEW HEAD coach John Duffy says Featherstone Rovers have “every reason to be confident” ahead of Saturday’s opening Qualifiers fixture against Leigh Centurions at LD Nutrition Stadium (3pm).
“This is a massive week for everyone involved in the club, it is an exciting one too,” said Duffy, who took charge two weeks ago.
“Leigh are a team that has mastered the Qualifiers in recent times and they will provide fierce opposition on Saturday.
“We will be preparing to overcome a huge task - one the players are very much looking forward to taking on.
“The lads are shaping up well, after a little time off with the Challenge Cup semi-finals, and are really fired up for the weekend. We have every reason to be confident.
“This team is capable of getting off to a great start in the Qualifiers. A victory on Saturday could prove a catalyst for something very special.
“Leigh are a full-time Super League side and have being operating at high-intensity levels all season.
“But they are beatable and we will do everything in our power to get what would be a terrific job done, this weekend.”
Rovers forward John Davies (knee) will have a fitness test on Wednesday.
Centre Chris Ulugia (shoulder) continues his rehabilitation in the hope of a return to action before the end of the 2017 season.