Featherstone Rovers sign Callum Field as Nathan Conroy stays at Hunslet

PONTREFRACT-BORN second-row/centre Callum Field has joined Featherstone Rovers from Leigh Centurions on a one-year deal.
New Featherstone Rovers signing Callum Field during his time at Dewsbury Rams. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.New Featherstone Rovers signing Callum Field during his time at Dewsbury Rams. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.
New Featherstone Rovers signing Callum Field during his time at Dewsbury Rams. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

Twenty-two-year-old Field has made 10 Super League appearances for Wigan Warriors during his career and also enjoyed loan stints at Swinton Lions, London Skolars and Dewsbury Rams.

After a frustrating season at the Centurions, Field is relishing a fresh start at Featherstone in 2021.

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“This past year with Leigh hasn’t gone to plan for me, so I can’t wait to get started with the lads at Featherstone going into next season,” said Field.

“I want 2021 to be a year to remember and one that will help my career progress to the next level. I know everyone at Rovers are aiming to make that push into Super League, they have been so close in recent years and I want to be involved with the side that achieves this goal.”

Rovers head coach James Webster said: “I have watched Callum with interest as far back as when he played at Wigan. He has a strong-willed personality that is shown in his tough approach to playing.

“I have been impressed with the conversations we have had around his aspirations not only at Featherstone, but his career as a whole. He fits into the recruitment requirement of being hungry to progress his career further and I feel he has more progression is his ability still to come.”

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Meanwhile, Hunslet head coach Gary Thornton’s squad-building ahead of the 2021 season has continued with the retention of hooker Nathan Conroy.

The 25-year-old, joined the Parksiders last season and had no hesitation in signing a one-year deal.

Conroy said: “The season looked like going so well, and I was really enjoying my rugby at the South Leeds Stadium. We were top of the Betfred League 1 table when the rug was pulled from under our feet by Covid-19 but with the group of lads we have, and the squad’s potential, I saw no reason not to sign.”

Thornton added: “Nathan came in late last season and made a big impression during his short spell with us, so it’s really good news that he is staying.

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“He’s still a young man but has great experience playing at this level, and has been at some good clubs during his career. His speed out of dummy-half and his eye for a gap offers us a different dimension at hooker, and he will complement Vila Halafihi really well in that area.

“He also gives us flexibility as he has played a full season at halfback previously, which gives us some cover in that area should we need it.

“There’s lots more to come from Nathan and I’m hoping he fulfils his potential for us next season.”