Featherstone confirm six departures

Featherstone have confirmed that six players will leave the club at the end of the season, including Australian duo Alec Susino and Conor Carey.

The pair travelled back down under in Spring to be with their families during the Covid-19 pandemic and have chosen to stay in their home country for the foreseeable future.

Rovers have also chosen not to renew the contracts of young quartet Brandan French, Jack Richardson, Bradley Wright and Nathan Wright.

Featherstone football manager Steve Gill told Rovers TV: “We started the 2019 season with a small squad and built it up as the season went on. This year we wanted to do something different, we wanted to start with a strong squad from the beginning.

“We lost Louis Jouffret to Ottawa Aces but have managed to replace him with the acquisition of Fa’amanu Brown. We have also lost Alec Susino and Conor Carey who will be staying in Australia, which is a big blow to us, but we have been working hard to replace them.

“We will also not be renewing the contracts of  Brandan French, Jack Richardson, Bradley Wright and Nathan Wright. Everyone leaving the club this summer goes with our best wishes and we hope they continue with their promising careers.

“We have more announcements to make on other new signings which will come in due course. Obviously, we announced the signings of Callum Field and Frankie Halton, both of whom have the ability and mentality to become Super League players.

“I also wanted to bring some young players in who, due to no fault of themselves, find themselves without a club now reserves grade has been cancelled. I went through hours of video footage and picked up Liam Whitton, Loui McConnell, Joe Summers, Jacob Doyle and Harvey Spence, who all come from Super League academies.

“All these young players have the potential to come in to the team and establish themselves. They have every opportunity to do that and they give us cover in every position going into 2021.

“We all know the quality players we already have at the club; it was important to maintain the squad and retain players as much as it was to recruit new signings.

“The squad initially reached the 2019 Grand Final and since then we have added to the squad and made it significantly better in 2020 and now heading into 2021. Next season’s squad is as exciting as I have ever known it and it is a group that we should be proud of.”

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