Rovers set for major investment

Featherstone are hoping to bring back the good times

Featherstone are hoping to bring back the good times

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Featherstone are to step up their bid for a place in Super League after announcing "substantial investment" in the Championship club.

Rovers on Monday parted company with coach John Bastian just 12 matches into the season after suffering back-to-back defeats by Leigh and on Tuesday they revealed anonymous investors will join the club with immediate effect and plough "millions" into Featherstone over the next five years.

Majority shareholder Feisal Nahaboo said: "Rightly or wrongly at the start of the season the club had made the decision to strike at the end of the season to prepare a Super League strength squad to compete next season.

"Following back-to-back defeats to Leigh Centurions, we've realised we are no longer the dominant force outside Super League so the club has made the decision to raise the standards for all Championship clubs with imminent investment both on and off the field.

"The club will immediately show its intention by appointing leading coaching staff and will then follow up by announcing new squad members.

"The club will not be selling its leading players and key squad members will be offered two to three-year contract extensions."

A pathway into Super League has been re-opened for the Championship clubs as part of a radical overhaul of the domestic game, with the top four sides in 2015 playing off against the bottom four in Super League to determine the make-up of the top flight in 2016.

Nahaboo added: "It seems we won the league four years on a trot in vein but we will take this experience, wisdom and knowledge to compete at the highest level possible.

"The club has been told it must finish in the top two this year and compete for the Grand Final at any cost."

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