Rovers player Bostock to go under the knife

Rovers player Andy Bostock missed the end of the season through injury. Picture: Bob Nunn.
Rovers player Andy Bostock missed the end of the season through injury. Picture: Bob Nunn.

Featherstone Rovers utility star Andy Bostock will have a hip operation.

The 29-year-old former Dewsbury Rams player missed the last six matches of the season because of injury.

Rovers will have talks with centres Greg Worthington and Sam Smeaton who are both contracted for next season but have been linked with moves to other clubs.

Featherstone coach Andy Hay said: “We’ve got to sit down and speak to Greg. I’m not sure where we are at with it. Nothing has been confirmed.

“Nothing has been resolved with Sam. He’s in a similar position and we’ve got to sit down and speak with him as well.”

Hay confirmed that Worthington was fit to play in last Sunday’s Grand Final after recovering from a calf injury but he was left out because of team selection.

“I just thought I’d stick with the guys who got us to the final the week before against Sheffield,” he said.

“Greg trained on Thursday and Saturday but my decision was to go with the same team. I couldn’t give anyone a good reason why they wouldn’t play from the week before and I thought everyone had earned their spot in the final team and Greg was unlucky to miss out. It was a tough call and I had to make it. Ian Hardman got a knock in training on Saturday and Greg nearly made it back in.”

Hay was disappointed with his side’s performance last Sunday but he felt they gave it “a good crack.”

“I thought we met a very good team on the day. We knew we had to be at our best and I don’t think we were,” he added.

“In the first 20 minutes, we let them get a good start on us and didn’t control them early on.

“You’ve got to knock them off their rhythm and eventually we did towards the back end of the first-half but we made some poor, unforced errors on breaks and we didn’t really capitalise.

“I thought we had a really good crack at them in the second-half. We went down fighting and didn’t give in.

“I thought we were unlucky to have Luke Teasdale’s try disallowed. I thought at that time the confidence was draining from Leigh and we were gaining it. Obviously, the video referee saw it as an obstruction and after that Leigh got their tails up.

“We prepared well and we’ll be better for it next year. It was a disappointing finish to the year but overall I think we’ve had a good season.

“A lot of people had written us off this year and it’s been a transition for various reasons and we’ve done okay.

“We got second spot which we needed and we got to the Grand Final and didn’t give a bad account of ourselves, although we now know where we need to be for next year.”