LEEDS RHINOS are set to complete the signing of Featherstone Rovers prop Jack Ormondroyd for the 2017 season, The Yorkshire Evening Post understands.
Rhinos are ready to pay Rovers – who are their dual-registration partner club – a small fee for the giant front-rower, who is the son of former Bradford City footballer Ian Ormondroyd and a product of the Drighlington community club.
The 6ft 5ins front-rower made his Rovers debut three years ago and had a spell with New South Wales outfit Thirlmere Roosters before rejoining Featherstone in 2015.
Ormondroyd, 24, signed a three-year contract with the Kingstone Press Championship club last October, but has been monitored by a number of Super League clubs.
Rhinos entered a partnership with Rovers in the off-season after their previous dual-registration club, Hunslet Hawks, were relegated from the Kingstone Press Championship to League One.
Should Rhinos retain their First Utility Super League status Ormondroyd will be available to Featherstone on dual-registration next term, if he does not secure a regular first-team spot.
There are fears Rovers could be forced to part with other senior players at the end of this campaign after chairman Mark Campbell confirmed a tax bill was “paid in full at the last minute” following a winding up order from HM Revenue and Customs.
In his column in the match day programme for last weekend’s home game against Workington Town, Campbell admitted he has “some tough decisions to make over the next few weeks”.
Rovers are sixth in the Championship table.