New Featherstone Rovers coach Duffy relishing chance to ‘do some great stuff’ in a ‘genuine rugby town’

New coach John Duffy. PIC: James Hardisty
New coach John Duffy. PIC: James Hardisty
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NEW BOSS John Duffy says he is “over the moon” at being given the chance to take charge of Featherstone Rovers.

Duffy, who stepped down as Swinton Lions coach on Monday, has signed a contract until the end of 2018.

Old coach Jon Sharp.

Old coach Jon Sharp.

His first game will be Saturday’s final fixture in the regular Kingstone Press Championship season at Toulouse Olympique, and Rovers’ Qualifiers campaign begins two weeks later.

Duffy, 37, has taken over from Jon Sharp who was sacked two days ago. He said: “It’s a massive opportunity to come to a big club and further my development as a coach.

“I’ll be working with fantastic people and fantastic staff and I’m grateful to be given a chance.

“I’ve got to go prove it now on the field, but I’ll be working as hard as I can to make the club grow.”

Rovers are third in the table and Duffy added: “I’m excited to have this opportunity at a genuine rugby town.

“It has all come around really quickly and fast.

“These guys [Featherstone] have been superb and I’m looking forward to getting to know them a little bit better.

“If you look at the playing squad, there’s some fantastic players.

“I’ve watched a lot of footage on them and they’ve been the best club we’ve played.

“So just to add the way I like to play into the mix, I think we can do some great stuff, hopefully.”