Featherstone Rovers confirm signing of young Super League back

Featherstone Rovers suffered the brutal fate of cruising to the Championship title last season by a margin of 12 points but then crashing out in the playoffs to cost them their Super League dream, however they’ve now overhauled their squad with 17 players released and today they’ve confirmed one of their new additions.

Rovers sent plenty of players packing at the end of the 2023 campaign with that massive turnover of 17 players released and after the signings of players such as Leigh Leopards’ Challenge Cup winning playmaker Ben Reynolds, they’ve now gone and got another key recruit.

The club have confirmed the signing of Connor Wynne with the back having left Hull FC at the end of the 2023 season.

Aged just 22 Wynne has plenty to offer and has already represented Hull FC 36 times including on 33 occasions in Super League, making him an excellent signing for Rovers who of course have Super League ambitions.

The club released a statement via their website confirming Wynne’s arrival, reading: “Featherstone Rovers have completed the signing of powerful young back Connor Wynne from Hull FC.

“The 22-year-old has fourteen Super League tries to his name and has had successful spells at Newcastle, York, and Bradford Championship clubs.

“Having worked under Head Coach James Ford at York, the Hull native is excited about the prospect of joining the Cappers.

Wynne explained: “Featherstone is a club I’m really pleased to be joining. I’ve worked with Fordy previously, and I can’t wait to get stuck in and play my part in what looks set to be a very exciting season.”

On the signing, head coach James Ford added:  “I’m delighted to bring Connor to Featherstone. I’ve worked with him before, and I’m confident he’ll kick on here, fulfil his potential and give our supporters something to cheer about. He’s an explosive competitor with some outstanding moments in Super League.”

Wynne will link up with the club in two weeks when they start pre-season. He played with Newcastle Thunder and Bradford Bulls for spells during the 2023 season with Hull FC head coach Tony Smith seemingly unhappy with Wynne’s physical condition, something he spoke about with BBC Humberside.

“I think Connor’s looking for opportunity and he wasn’t getting one here and he probably didn’t earn one here and I’m glad that he’s back playing and I’m glad that he’s got himself in shape and in the right sort of condition to play,” Smith said on BBC Radio Humberside when Wynne left on loan to join the Bulls.

“That was a big part of the criteria of being a rugby league player, getting yourself and keeping yourself in shape. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to do that during his time since I’ve been here.”

He’ll now have his opportunity with a contender in the Championship in 2024 as he becomes another recruit for James Ford’s side.