Rovers star Hardman granted testimonial

Ian Hardman has been granted a 12-month testimonial. Picture: Bob Nunn.
Ian Hardman has been granted a 12-month testimonial. Picture: Bob Nunn.

Featherstone Rovers full-back or centre Ian Hardman, who has made over 300 career appearances, has been granted a 12 month testimonial by the RFL in recognition of his outstanding service.

Widnes-born Hardman has scored 109 tries in 221 games for Featherstone since 2009. He previously played for St Helens, Hull Kingston Rovers and Widnes.

The 30-year-old, who made his professional debut for St Helens against Castleford in August, 2003, has twice scored five tries in a match for Rovers, achieving the feat against Doncaster in 2009 and at London Broncos this season.

He helped Featherstone win the Championship League Leaders Shield in four consecutive seasons from 2010 to 2013 and also win the Grand Final in 2011.

Hardman said: “I would like to thank the RFL for granting me a testimonial year and also Featherstone Rovers for their continued support.

“I see this as an opportunity to celebrate my career to date with everyone who has helped and supported me along the way and enabled me to play a game I love for so long.”

Numerous events have been planned for Hardman’s testimonial which gets underway with a launch dinner on Saturday, July 30, at Big Fellas Stadium. The guest speaker will be St Helens legend and former teammate Paul Wellens.

For more information about Hardman’s testimonial e-mail ianhardmantestimonial@gmail.com, Twitter @HARDMAN_2016 or visit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ianhardmantestimonial