Wildie pens a new contract with Rovers as Day exits

John Duffy and Matty Wildie
John Duffy and Matty Wildie
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HALF-BACK/HOOKER Matty Wildie has signed a new one-year deal which will keep him at Featherstone Rovers until the end of 2018.

But hooker Sam Day’s loan move at Dewsbury has been made permanent for next year and Rams have also signed forward Martyn Reilly from Halifax and Huddersfield Giants three-quarter Harry Woollard .

Wildie, played for Wakefield Trinity and Dewsbury Rams before joining Rovers ahead of the 2016 campaign, but suffered a season-ending injury just months later.

He has bounced back to make 31 appearances so far this year and said: “I am really happy to be staying here.

“The club stuck by me in 2016 and have shown real faith in me.

“I want to put faith back into the club and have very much enjoyed this year.

“With John Duffy coming in [as coach] there is a spring in everyone’s step and there is a lot of excitement brewing going into next season.

“The squad is already coming together and John has some great ideas, which people are really buying into.”

He added: “I feel a lot better about being back out playing. I have played every game this season and it has been great for me.

“It is a case of now continuing to build and kick on at this great club.

“Next season will be very tough but we are all relishing the challenge that 2018 could bring.”

Meanwhile, Day has left Rovers to join Dewsbury.

Rams coach Neill Kelly said: “He has impressed on loan and we have signed him for next year.”

Kelly added: “We’ve also signed Martyn Reilly – a front-rower/second-rower from Halifax and Harry Woollard, a centre, from Huddersfield Giants. They are both in their 20s and see Dewsbury as a great club to join because there’s opportunities for them in the first team.”

Meanwhile,Richard Moore (hamstring) and Jack Ormondroyd (neck) will both miss Rovers’ game at Catalans Dragons on Saturday after being injured in the loss to Hull KR last week.

Jason Walton and Josh Walters could be recalled and Scott Turner returns to take the place of Ian Hardman.