Featherstone swoop for Carvell

Featherstone have signed former Warrington and Hull prop Garreth Carvell on a two-year deal.

Carvell, 33, experienced a nomadic 2014 having left the Halliwell Jones Stadium at the end of the previous season.

He first joined Bradford before leaving on the eve of the season following their financial difficulties, and then made seven appearances for Hull, his second spell at the KC Stadium.

The former Great Britain and Wales international ended the season at Castleford, making six appearances.

Carvell said: “I’m really excited to be joining Featherstone who are definitely a club and team who are heading in the right direction. The facilities are excellent and I’m looking forward to making my debut in a Rovers shirt. The Kingstone Press Championship promises to be highly competitive and after reaching the Grand Final last season, we’ll be looking to really push on this year.

“I’ve watched plenty of Championship rugby and I’m really looking forward to the physical nature of the competition. We are putting together a great squad and I’m looking forward to linking up with my mate Woody (Paul Wood) again. The new structures in place such as the Super 8s and the million pound game towards the end of the season  are a really exciting prospect and something I want to be involved in. We’ve got some younger lads in the squad who I hope I can help in the early stages of their career and I’m looking forward to assisting the coaching staff here too.”

Carvell has won four Challenge Cups during his career, including three at Warrington, where he made 134 appearances between 2009 and 2013.

He was handed the number 30 shirt by coach Andy Hay at the club’s squad launch on Monday night.


Hay said: “I’m delighted to secure the signature of Garreth who will really bolster our already strong pack. He’s a great player to have on board and his style of play really suits the brand of rugby we want to play at Featherstone. As well as bringing plenty of size to our pack he also has a good skill set including a very good offload.”

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