Featherstone: New recruit Thackeray catches coach Sharp’s eye

Anthony Thackeray
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FORMER SUPER League half-back Anthony Thackeray has been confirmed as Featherstone Rovers’ first signing from outside the club as they begin preparations for the 2016 Kingstone Press Championship season.

Thackeray, 29, has joined Rovers from Championship rivals Dewsbury Rams on a three-year contract. He began his career at Hull in 2007 and played in the top flight for Castleford Tigers the following year.

He later had spells with Widnes Vikings, York City Knights and Halifax and moved to Dewsbury ahead of the 2014 campaign. Rovers coach Jon Sharp said: “Thacks is one of the players to impress against us in 2015 and will add a new dimension to our attack.

“He is a player who the opposition knows can strike from anywhere and even if they keep a close eye on him it will leave space for our other creative players to take advantage. He is also a player who is well regarded by his peers and this has also been an aid to recruitment.”

Thackeray will work with Rovers’ foundation as part of his contract at Featherstone. He said: “I’ve enjoyed my time at Dewsbury, but this move will give me the opportunity to combine my playing career with community work at the same club, which I think will have a significant benefit all round. Jon Sharp and [Rovers chairman] Mark Campbell are putting together an exciting squad and I hope to play my part in ensuring the team has a successful 2016.”

Rovers have also agreed a contract with young hooker Sam Day, who came through their scholarship system and made his first-team debut this year.

“Sam is one of a crop of young players I’ve been impressed with since I joined the club,” Sharp said.

“With Andy Ellis taking a year out to concentrate on his studies, Sam has an opportunity to stake a claim for a regular place in the 17.”

Day said he is keen to build on his 2015 performances.

“I enjoyed last season and it was a great feeling to be able to pull on a first-team shirt having progressed through the ranks at Featherstone,” he said.

Meanwhile, Halifax have confirmed the signing of half-back Gareth Moore from Featherstone on a one-year deal. They have also signed Rovers winger Will Sharp.

Matty Wildie, scored a try hat-trick in the derby win over Dewsbury Rams. PIC: Steve Riding

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