Fev appoint Duffy as head coach

Featherstone have announced the appointment of John Duffy as the club’s new head coach.

The 37-year-old has agreed a deal with Rovers until the end of the 2018 campaign.

The Scotland assistant coach departed Swinton Lions yesterday, bringing an end to his three-year reign with the Championship outfit.

And Duffy, who represented Leigh, Widnes, Salford, Whitehaven, Warrington and Chorley across a 16-year playing career, cannot wait to get started at the LD Nutrition Stadium.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Featherstone – this is a huge opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead,” said Duffy.

“Featherstone is a massive club, with a proud history, and it’s a privilege to be given the chance to join the long list of great coaches who have worked at the Rovers.

“I certainly buy into the ethos surrounding the club and want to be a part of the journey it’s going on.

“The Qualifiers are just around the corner but we have one final league game remaining, so I’ve time to get amongst the players and assess where the squad is at.

“These are exciting times for Rovers fans and I’m sure the players are looking forward to ripping into the Super 8s next month.

“This has all happened very fast for me but the opportunity to join a club like Featherstone was one I couldn’t afford to turn down.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at Swinton and learned a great deal while in charge.

“I’m now looking forward to this, the next chapter in my coaching career, and am excited as to what the future holds here.”

Duffy takes charge as head coach with immediate effect and will take training for the first time on Wednesday.

Chairman Mark Campbell added: “We’re thrilled to have been able to secure John’s services.

“He is a fantastic coach and we’re very excited to see how his reign here unfolds.

“We believe he has done a remarkable job in extremely difficult circumstances, at Swinton, and he deserves a great deal of credit for his efforts there.

“John and his team will receive our full support and we hope our fans will get behind the guys for the remainder of the season, going into a massive 2018 campaign.”