Doncaster have today announced the signing of former England international Brett Ferres.
It’s a huge coup for the League 1 side who bring in the 350-game veteran forward on a one-year deal.
Ferres has enjoyed a superb career at the top level, making 14 appearances for England while also winning the Super League Grand Final in 2017 when Leeds Rhinos beat Castleford Tigers.
Prior to that, he played in the top-flight for Bradford Bulls, Wakefield Trinity, Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants.
He joins the Dons from Championship side Featherstone where he has spent the last two seasons.
Many had predicted Ferres to hang up his boots after an indifferent time with the West Yorkshire outfit in the second tier, but the 36-year-old is having none of it and has now dropped down another division to underline his commitment to playing.
After Dons’ Chief executive Carl Hall expressed his delight at “securing a player of Brett’s calibre” after “acting quickly” to seal the transfer, Ferres himself has also spoken about the move.
“I’ve had a good break over the past few weeks but once I spoke to Carl Hall and Richard Horne (Head Coach) I was really excited about the challenge ahead,” said Ferres.
It’s set to be an open race in League 1 next season and the former England man is keen to help his new club be one of the contenders.
“The Dons are a club with great infrastructure for the level they’re at,” Ferres added. “They have shown in the past couple of seasons that they’re not far away from promotion.
“I want to bring my experience to the group and having been part of successful teams in the past, hopefully play a role in helping the team get up to the Championship in 2023.”