Featherstone: Rovers boss confident run-out will help players get match sharp

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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS boss Jon Sharp will be happy if his side emerges from the weekend’s opening pre-season game unscathed.

“Top of the list is getting through injury-free,” Sharp said of what he wants from tomorrow’s 1pm kick-off at Castleford Tigers.

“Getting the blokes through safely and not coming up with any injuries is the first priority.”

Despite that concern, Sharp is relishing seeing his new-look side in action for the first time.

“It’s also about getting to see some combinations and trying new players in new positions,” he stressed.

“It is going to be interesting. Pre-season is an opportunity to get some important stuff into them, but there’s no outcome.

“We all want some games to come around.

“I have no idea what I’ll get, but I know they are ready to have a run out, it is against a really good team who are well-coached and it is a really positive fixture.

“We will get to see what we are doing well and what we need to do more work on.”

Rovers, however, will not have everyone available as they will be without Danny Craven, who has joined on a season-long loan from Widnes Vikings.

Sharp said: “He had an operation in the off-season and he’s still a couple of weeks away from taking contact.

“Tim Spears got a knock on his knee and won’t be risked, but apart from that the new players will all play.”