Featherstone: ‘Irish eyes’ finally smiling on Rovers

Andy Hay
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long-delayed aussie recruit Ryan Verlinden is expected to link up with Featherstone Rovers this week.

The prop signed for Rovers before Christmas, but has been waiting to be granted Irish citizenship.

Coach Andy Hay said: “He has got an appointment to get his passport issued on Wednesday.

“We have got a flight booked on Wednesday night and as soon as he gets his passport he’ll be ready to fly over. He should be here on Thursday.

“I’m just looking forward to seeing him and I think he will do a good job for us.”

Verlinden has been training with his former Australian club Newtown Jets and could be available for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship game at London Broncos.

Meanwhile, Hay reported no new fitness concerns from the 70-0 win over Workington Town two days ago, when Paul Wood made his return to action, though Reni Maitua was not risked due to a slight ankle problem.

It was Rovers’ first win at Big Fellas Stadium this year.

And Hay said: “It was a very good performance.

“It didn’t go all our way, but when it didn’t we adapted a lot better than in recent weeks.”

Hay added: “At half-time, we wanted to keep them to nil.

“And there was a lot of effort, desire and enthusiasm in defence, as well as scoring a lot of points.”