Featherstone Rovers new signing Ryley Jacks is getting ready to jet into the UK ahead of making his debut for the Championship side.
Jacks, a former Melbourne Storm halfback, scored 11 tries in 48 NRL appearances but will now attempt to inspire Rovers to promotion to Super League.
“Ryley is a great addition to the squad – a leading half-back,” head coach Brian McDermott said at the press conference to launch the 2022 season.
— Featherstone Rovers (@FevRoversRLFC) February 25, 2022
One man who won’t be playing in the upcoming weeks is forward Jesse Sene-Lefao who dislocated his shoulder in Featherstone’s opening game away at York City Knights.
However, the prognosis was not as bad as first thought.
Sene-Lefao posted on his Instagram: “Not the way I wanted to start the season in the 🔵⚪️ but Got some good news today ! ✅
“After a few scans and seeing specialist for the last couple of weeks .
“No surgery needed. .
“GOD is GOOD!
“So grateful for all the support and messages, really do appreciate it 🙏🏽
“Rehab on way.”
The Samoan international had left the field in agony in the opening 15 minutes of their first Championship fixture against the York City Knights.
Sene-Lefao had looked certain to score off a neat little Morgan Smith pass, but he knocked on over the line under heavy pressure from York fullback Matty Marsh.
Something didn’t look right and the towering forward was taken off with his arm in a temporary sling as head coach Brian McDermott later confirmed that Sene-Lefao had suffered a dislocated shoulder.
Now, though, the Samoan looks dead set on a rehab program that will get him back on the field to be a crucial figure in Featherstone’s promotion push.