FEATHERSTONE ROVERS recruit Jamie Cording has swapped the top of Super League for the Kingstone Press Championship, but not – he hopes – for long.
Cording joined Rovers in the off-season after making 25 top-flight appearances for Huddersfield and playing a total of 19 times last year, when Giants won the Super League leaders’ shield.
Dropping out of Super League could be seen as a backwards step, but Cording, 24, is convinced he has joined a club on the up.
“The ambition,” he said when asked why he has signed for Rovers. “It is my home town team and I was impressed with the facilities and the structure they’ve got.
“Their ambition is to get into Super League and on the performances so far I don’t think that’s far off.”
Cording was mainly used as a second-rower by Giants, but has also featured in the centres for Rovers.
“I have played a bit of everywhere,” he said.
“I’ve played back-row, loose-forward, centre and a bit of half if needed as well.
“John (Bastian, Rovers’ coach) likes that I’m versatile, so I’ll just slot in and do my best wherever I can.”
Rovers completed their pre-season programme two days ago when they crushed Hull 54-6.
That was their fourth win in as many pre-season games – two of them against top-flight opposition – and Cording reflected: “All the boys have really dug in all pre-season and we have taken a lot from it.
“We are really pleased with how it has been going. All the boys have bought into what John and the coaching staff want to do and everybody goes out and tries their best for each other, which is what a coach and all your team-mates want each other to do.
“Everything has come together and we’ve put in some good performances.”