Featherstone Rovers have reached an agreement with dual-registration partners Leeds Rhinos that will allow Rovers' players to compete for the Rhinos in the Reserve League.
Leeds, who have also reached an agreement with Batley Bulldogs and Leeds Beckett University, will have a squad made up of mainly Rhinos players, but will be able to call-up selected players from the Rovers squad.
The Reserves, who are coached by Rob Burrow, had their opening game of the season postponed last Sunday at Wakefield Trinity due to Storm Ciara. Instead they will make their bow on Saturday 15 February at Stanningley against Bradford Bulls, kick-off 12:00pm.
Commenting on the announcement, Rovers’ Football Manager Steve Gill said: “It is vitally important we at Featherstone have somewhere for our non-selected or returning from injury players have a way of getting game time without having to go out on loan.
“Our continued partnership with the Rhinos will allow this to happen and we feel sure all parties involved will benefit from this during the coming season.”
Speaking on the partnership, Rhino’s Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said, “We have a long and successful partnership with Featherstone Rovers that has been to the benefit of our young players in recent years.
“Whilst that will continue, we are also able to now offer their players the chance to play in our reserves.”