Squad news: Mark Kheirallah set to make Featherstone debut

Mark Kheirallah

Featherstone have named new signing Mark Kheirallah in their squad for Sunday’s Championship clash with Sheffield.

Kheirallah, 32, made the move to the Millennium Stadium earlier this week having left Toulouse.

He could go straight in at full-back, with Brandon Pickersgill missing through injury.

Pickersgill picked up a knock to the knee in the Challenge Cup defeat at Catalans last weekend.

Kheirallah told Rovers TV what he will bring: “Bit of energy. It’s kind of what I’ve built my game around; energy, positivity and good communication.

“Especially in my position that’s probably the three key things that have to come.

“That’s what I hope to put on the field on Sunday.

“It will be nice to have them (Featherstone fans) supporting me instead of against me! They’re very passionate supporters, you could tell that every time we came, so having a few thousand of them here on Sunday will make the atmosphere quite electric.”

Kheirallah has spent the past 10 years with Toulouse, first featuring for them in the Elite 1 Championship.

After their move in to the RFL pyramid, he has been a stand out player at full-back, scoring nearly 1,700 points.

He is just two tries short of 100 in RFL competition.

Meanwhile, Featherstone forward Brett Ferres is facing a spell on the sidelines with a broken thumb.

But Jesse Sene-Lefao, a close season signing from Castleford, is nearing his return to action.

Featherstone 21-man squad v Sheffield: Briscoe, Leilua, Hall, Chisholm, Kopczak, Jones, Lockwood, Bussey, Wildie, Davies, Moors, Hellewell, Hardcastle, Field, Smith, Cooper, Trout, Doyle, Cuthbertson, Jacks, Kheirallah.

MORE: Mark Kheirallah: Why I chose Featherstone Rovers

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Love Rugby League editor. Founded the website back in 2005. Worked with a range of clubs and sponsors during that time. Also commentates for BBC.

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