Former Leigh full-back Caleb Aekins joins Championship rivals

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Featherstone Rovers have confirmed the signing of full-back Caleb Aekins on a two-year deal ahead of the 2023 Championship season.

Aekins, 25, won promotion to Super League with Leigh in 2022. However, he was not offered an extended contract by the newly-rebranded Leopards.

The New Zealand-born player made his Wales debut at the delayed 2021 World Cup, featuring in all three of their group fixtures against Cook Islands, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

He made his professional debut in 2018 for the Penrith Panthers in the NRL, before joining Canberra in 2021. He later made the switch to England with Leigh for the 2022 campaign.

Caleb Aekins aiming for promotion once again in 2023

On joining Featherstone, Aekins said: “Featherstone were an extremely tough and competitive side to go up against last season. I know we will be aiming towards promotion again this year.

“I am excited to get over, meet up with the players and coaches and get stuck into some hard work in preparation for next year.”

Head coach Sean Long added: “Caleb is a well experienced player who has developed his game in a good system at Penrith.

“He has proven himself to be a player of quality in this competition and will add strength to an already accomplished squad.

“We are looking forward to him getting here to link up with the lads and meet the passionate fans.”

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