Featherstone sign England Academy star Kiedan Hartley

England Academy international Kiedan Hartley has joined Featherstone on a one-year deal.

The 18-year-old captained Leeds Rhinos at scholarship level and will ply his trade in the Championship next season with Rovers.

Hartley said it was a no-brainer to link up with Featherstone for next season.

The ex-East Leeds junior said: “As soon as I knew Featherstone were interested in me, I definitely wanted to snap it up.

“You look at people like Jack Walker, who stepped up at such a young age and just adapted to that physicality of playing against grown men. I think it will develop me as a player massively.

“Speaking to John (Duffy, coach), he thinks I can adapt to Featherstone’s style really well and I’m looking forward to it.

“Everytime you see the Featherstone scoreline, the team has plenty of points. It shows they’re an attacking team, which is what I’m all about.”