Rovers snap up veteran prop Carvell

Garreth Carvell has signed a two-year deal at Featherstone. Picture: Steve Riding.
Garreth Carvell has signed a two-year deal at Featherstone. Picture: Steve Riding.

Featherstone Rovers have signed 33-year-old former Great Britain, England and Wales international Garreth Carvell on a two-year contract.

Carvell, who played for Castleford Tigers last season, will also be joining Featherstone’s coaching team as assistant coach.

He said: “I’m really excited to be joining Featherstone who are definitely a club and team who are heading in the right direction.

“The facilities are excellent and I’m looking forward to making my debut in a Rovers shirt.

“The Kingstone Press Championship promises to be highly competitive and after reaching the Grand Final last season, we’ll be looking to really push on this year.

“I’ve watched plenty of Championship rugby and I’m really looking forward to the physical nature of the competition.

“We are putting together a great squad and I’m looking forward to linking up with my mate Woody (Paul Wood) again. The new structures in place such as the Super 8s and the million pound game towards the end of the season are a really exciting prospect and something I want to be involved in. We’ve got some younger lads in the squad who I hope I can help in the early stages of their career and I’m looking forward to assisting the coaching staff here too.”

Carvell made his Super League debut at the age of 16 for Leeds Rhinos and represented Wales in the 2000 World Cup before moving to Hull in 2001 where he made 164 appearances including a trip to the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff for the 2005 Challenge Cup final victory.

Throughout a successful career, he has won the Challenge Cup on four occasions, three of which were during a successful four year period at Warrington Wolves.

Featherstone Rovers Head Coach Andy Hay said: “I’m delighted to secure the signature of Garreth who will really bolster our already strong pack. He’s a great player to have on board and his style of play really suits the brand of rugby we want to play at Featherstone. As well as bringing plenty of size to our pack he also has a good skill set including a very good offload.”