ROVERS head coach John Duffy is hoping to witness progression when Featherstone battle Halifax at the LD Nutrition Stadium on Sunday.
His side yesterday returned from a warm-weather training camp in Spain and enter this weekend’s game on the back of a 32-16 Boxing Day success over Castleford Tigers.
Richard Moore and Misi Taulapapa look set to make their first appearances for the club since last September, with trialist Danny Maskill also in line to feature in a strong Rovers line-up.
“The boys did well at Castleford but there is plenty more to come from this team, I am hoping to see some of the progress we have made on Sunday,” said Duffy, who is sponsored by Steeden.
“Halifax will provide us with an extremely tough test and I am sure it will be a closely-contested affair.
“We are resting a few of our boys, though it will be good to see a few other faces come back into the mix.
“The overseas training camp has been absolutely fantastic. We probably got three weeks' work done in the space of just a few days and it will benefit the team greatly.
“Our combinations are continuing to improve and develop and, hopefully, our supporters will enjoy what we have to offer this weekend.”
Featherstone’s trip to Alicante’s Torrevieja Sports City lasted for four days, with players taking part in double training sessions, intense rehabilitation, gym sessions and even a triathlon.
Duffy believes the camp could give his Rovers an “extra dimension” going into their 2018 Betfred Championship campaign.
He added: “The weather was fantastic and it allowed us to spend more time out on the field, getting our structures boxed off before we go into our final friendlies and the league itself.
“The experience has been very beneficial for us. It has helped us tick things off in preparation for the visit of Halifax, which should be very tough, but we are looking forward too.”
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