Whittaker’s work at Rovers praised

John Bastian: "Gaz has settled in really well."
John Bastian: "Gaz has settled in really well."

Featherstone coach John Bastian is delighted with the impact new strength and conditioner Gaz Whittaker has made at the club.

Rovers have won their first two pre-season matches and new boss Bastian has praised Whittaker’s contribution since the 29-year-old joined them from Warrington Wolves.

“We’ve had a very good pre-season and we’ve certainly got a very good strength and conditioning programme,” said Bastian.

“One of the first things I needed to consider was the strength and conditioning position and having worked with Gaz Whittaker I knew what skills he had.

“He’s a really talented young strength and conditioner and he’ll get stronger.

“He will learn different skills working in a different environment and a different culture to what he has been used to at Warrington.

“He has settled in really well and the fact he has been given a fantatic facility in our Centre of Excellence that the club have invested in also helps the physical and athletic development of the players. We are really pleased with that side of things.

“The players have put the energy in as well. They’ve really worked hard and no one is coming up short and that’s something we want to be part of us and our culture at Rovers.”