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“Pay me first” – Former star slams Featherstone Rovers for signings with club still owing money to players

Featherstone Rovers have suffered a tumultuous 2024, with the club struggling both on and off the field. Rovers have consistently competed for the top spot in the Championship in recent seasons, however, this year they sit in fourth place, eight points behind leaders Wakefield Trinity, having lost four games already this season. 

Current club chairman, Mark Campbell, has been severely criticised by fans and staff, as the club has entered financial difficulties. According to City AM, the club were subject to a winding up petition from Investec.

They have also faced allegations from former players, including Mark Kheirallan and Craig Hall, that they have not received payment and are owed money from the club.

Campbell also faces an allegation of assault, over an alleged attack with a hammer, the case will be heard later in the year. Campbell has stated he will step down from his porsituion at the club when suitable investors are found.

Now, another one of Featherstone’s former players has accused the club of owing them money.

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“Pay me first” – former Featherstone Rovers man calls out club

Dane Chisholm

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Following reports that the club were interested in signing three players from rival Championship club, Dewsbury Rams. Dane Chisholm took to social media to voice his anger at the reports. Chisholm posted on X (formerly Twitter), “Pay me first. Then sign whoever you want”.

Chisholm represented the club between 2019 and 2022, playing 38 games for Featherstone before leaving to join the London Broncos on loan, and then Keighley Cougars on a permanent deal. Chisholm returned to Rovers in 2023, playing six times in their Championship campaign, scoring three tries.

Featherstone received better news in recent weeks, with confirmation that former Leeds Rhinos and Featherstone player, Paddy Handley, would join the club’s board of directors. Handley, who spent four years as a Featherstone player, is now Managing Director of PMJ Masonry.

The move is believed to be the pre-cursor to further investment in the club by a consortium of investors. Upon joining the board Handley said:

“I want to make it clear that I’m not here to make up the numbers. I’m seriously committed to making a difference at the Club and I have ambitious plans to make immediate stadium improvements, most notably in terms of the Post Office Road terrace and in a massive overhaul of the player facilities including changing rooms.”

Featherstone’s former players, including Chisholm, will be hoping that one of his first moves will be to resolve the club’s alleged outstanding payments.

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