New recruits boost boss Hay’s selection options ahead of Rovers’ revenge mission

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featherstone are set to field at least two new signings in Sunday’s home Kingstone Press Championship revenge mission against Dewsbury.

Rams were also buoyed yesterday by the news that coach Glenn Morrison has signed a new contract to keep him at the club until the end of 2016.

Rovers signed ex-Castleford winger Ben Blackmore on a permanent deal from Huddersfield on Thursday and Hull centre Jason Crookes has now joined them on loan.

Coach Andy Hay said both players are likely to feature against a team that beat Rovers in the first game of the league season. It will be Blackmore’s third team in as many weeks.

He scored two tries for Giants in their Super League defeat at St Helens two weeks ago and crossed twice during a dual-registration appearance for Batley against Rovers last Sunday. Rovers will be without Greg Worthington, Matty James and Etu Uaisele on Sunday, due to injury. Rams’ Jobe Murphy and Kieran Hyde are likely to miss out due to ankle injuries suffered in the win over North Wales Crusaders five days ago, but Josh Tonks and Karl Pryce could return.

Batley Bulldogs could welcome Mark Appelgarth back from injury in Sunday’s home game against Rochdale Hornets and Keegan Hirst and Alex Brown will both be available.

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