Featherstone snap up Leeds youngster Spencer Darley

Drew Darbyshire

Featherstone have signed young forward Spencer Darley from Leeds for the 2019 season.

Rovers have handed the 20-year-old his first ever senior contract.

It is a big week for Darley, as he is set to play in the Under-19s Academy Grand Final for the Rhinos against Wigan Warriors on Friday night.

On joining Featherstone, Darley said: “I’m really excited to be joining Featherstone, I know the Championship is a tough division, but I’m ready for it and can’t wait to get started.

“Dakota (Whylie) has been down here for a while now and he’s told me how well the lads have helped him slot in. Then I came down myself and realised what a really good setup it is.

“Some really good talent has already signed for the club and I think it’s important for me to have that competition.”

Rovers head coach John Duffy is a keen admirer of Darley.

He said: “He’s a really big talent.

“He’s really aggressive and a good communicator on the field too. He’s a big boy as well and he’ll come in full of enthusiasm.

“I know how much he’s looking forward to joining us and I’m looking forward to working with him. He’s got a great attitude and that tells me he’s got a big future in the game.”