Featherstone Rovers: Coach Duffy can’t wait for next season

Tony Duffy. PIC: Tony Johnson
Tony Duffy. PIC: Tony Johnson
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FINISHING SEVENTH in the Qualifiers – and as the country’s top semi-professional team has sent Featherstone Rovers into pre-season in good heart according to coach John Duffy.

Rovers completed their campaign with a 26-20 win at Halifax and Duffy said: “We’ve got something to go at now.”

Duffy – who was appointed in July – insisted: “There’s parts of our game we need to get better at, which will come through pre-season. I can’t wait to get my teeth into everything in pre-season because it has been a whirlwind couple of months for me.

“I am happy for the boys and the fans.”

The win two days ago was Rovers’ first in the Qualifiers, at the 14th attempt and broke Duffy’s duck as coach.

“It was very satisfying,” he said.

“I was really happy with the character and desire we showed to get a win.

“It has been a tough competition for us and Halifax and I’m just glad we could give our travelling fans something to cheer about.”

Duffy paid tribute to his side’s defence and added: “I thought our senior players were absolutely superb.

“We spoke about it being a little cup final for us, to finish above Halifax and stay level with London on points.

“Everybody worked their socks off and came away with a win, from a place where it’s very hard to get a win.”