Connor Jones joined Featherstone Rovers this week from Northern Pride in Australia.
The 24-year old landed in the UK on Monday morning and is in line to be included in the Rovers 19-man squad that will head to Toronto on Thursday.
After just one training session with the team, Jones is already impressed with the club: “I’ve been really impressed with the place so far, it seems like a really good club. It’s been good to meet all the boys and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in at training and ripping in.
“The opportunity to come across and play in the Championship is a great one. It’s a really strong competition and obviously Featherstone has a really strong squad which I’m excited to be a part of.
“I’ve watched a little bit of the comp but now that I’m over here I’ll do more work on the other teams with Ryan and the likes of the other coaches. It’s a top competition with Super League calibre players and former NRL players in it so it’s going to be a good challenge but one that I’m really looking forward to.”
Jones has ties to a couple of the current squad at Featherstone from his time is Australia: “I know Dane Chisholm and Makahesi Makatoa from my time at the Bulldogs and then I’ve obviously played against Conor Carey for the past couple of years in the Intrust Super Cup back in Australia. They’re definitely making my transition over here a little bit easier.”
One man that the Aussie hooker is keen to meet and learn from is former NRL player, Cameron King who has been taking the Rovers by storm, quickly becoming a fans favourite.
“That was one of the reasons for me to come over and learn as much as I can from him (King). He’s been around for a while and has a lot of experience both in the NRL and now over here in the Championship. I for sure will be trying to pick his brain as much as I can in order to learn as much as I can from him and hopefully take my game to the next level.”
If Jones doesn’t manage to get picked this week, it is likely that he will make his home debut at the LD Nutrition Stadium the following week against Rochdale Hornets. Having been warmly welcomed on social media, he is looking forward to meeting all the Rovers fans in person: “I can’t wait, I’ve heard a lot about the fans from the other boys. On social media, they really get behind the team. I can’t wait to meet them and see them in action next weekend.”
Tickets for the Rochdale Hornets game on Sunday 21st July are on sale now from the Featherstone Rovers retail store and online via the online ticket office.
Fans under the age of 16 will be able to take advantage of our fantastic Kids For A Quid offer meaning they can attend the game for just £1.