Sean Long will reportedly “bring an edge” to Featherstone Rovers in their Championship promotion push according to one of the teams veteran players, with Rovers having assembled a very strong and youthful squad in the former St Helens legends first season in charge.
Long had previously been working with the French national team and also served as an assistant to both Richard Agar and Rohan Smith at Leeds, but comes into his first head coach role at a Rovers side desperate to make it to Super League, and one that looks very capable as well.
Rovers have added Salford Red Devils star Elijah Taylor, Warrington Wolves’ young half-back Riley Dean on loan, former Wigan Warriors centre Chris Hankinson and Catalans Dragons prop Mathieu Cozza.
Another Frenchman was added, Long utilising his links to the national side, with Thomas Lacans also joining having starred for Newcastle last season, the French pair commenting on Long as reported previously here.
Now a senior player has also had his say with former Super League utility back Craig Hall, formerly representing Hull FC, Hull KR and Wakefield Trinity at the top level commenting on the new boss.
“I played with him in my last year at Hull FC in 2010 and it is good to see what he brings now as a coach,” Hall, who has scored 42 times in 50 appearances for Featherstone, said.
“With Leon Pryce along side him we will most definitely have an edge to our attack this year,” Hall is reported as saying in a tweet via the club’s Twitter account.
Craig Hall on life under Sean Long so far 💬
— Featherstone Rovers (@FevRoversRLFC) December 19, 2022
Hall, who is set to have a testimonial match played against former club Hull KR on January 20th, will no doubt score plenty of tries again this season and will hope to go one better than the 2021 Million Pound game loss to Toulouse.
Long will take charge of his first game on New Years Eve in a 12.00 kick off against Castleford Tigers at Rovers’ Millennium Stadium.