Featherstone land Leeds youngster Dakota Whylie

Drew Darbyshire

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Featherstone have signed Leeds winger Dakota Whylie on a one-year deal from 2019.

The 19-year-old is currently on loan at Rovers and scored his first try for the club in Friday night’s 32-12 win away at Sheffield Eagles.

Dakota, who is a National Cup winner, is made up to join Rovers on permanent deal.

He added: “I’m really buzzed to be here for a full season and I can’t wait until those games start.

“I’m really enjoying myself here, competing at a really good standard. I have set myself goals to achieve and Featherstone is a place where I can do that.

“It felt really good to get my first try on Friday night and I’m sure there will be more to come.”

Rovers general manager Davide Longo added: “We are delighted that Dakota has signed for us.

“He’s already shown that he can handle the Championship at the highest level, with his debut performance against Toronto and subsequent games thereafter.

“He’s been nurtured in a fantastic environment at Leeds Rhinos and credit must be given to Jonny Wainhouse and Rob Burrow, who’ve supported both Featherstone Rovers and Dakota, throughout his time with us.”