HALIFAX have confirmed the capture of utility forward Ross Divorty on a two year contract.
The 22 year old Featherstone player, who played in Rovers’ Grand Final victory over Sheffield last weekend, follows in the footsteps of his father, the former Leeds and Hull loose forward Gary, who starred for the club in the 1990s.
Divorty, who began his career at Super League side Hull before moving to York and Doncaster, has turned down a new deal at Post Office Road to join Karl Harrison’s new-look Fax.
“I’m excited to have been able to sign Ross,” said Harrison, who has already landed another Rovers forward, Iain Morrison, for next season.
“He’s a young player, with plenty of size and quality, and he’ll be a great addition for us.
“I was speaking to Iain about him and he rates him extremely highly.
“He has consistently been one of Featherstone’s best forwards in terms of line breaks and offloads, and they don’t have a bad pack, do they?
“He’s coming for the right reasons too; he was reasonably happy at Featherstone and he’s signed with us for exactly the same money, but he’s bought in to what we’re trying to build here.”
While Divorty grew up watching Harrison and his father play alongside each other at the club’s old Thrum Hall home, his new coach believes the player has made the move for practical rather than emotional reasons.
“He knows what this club is all about and what Gary did here, but Ross is his own man,” said Harrison.
“Daryl Powell has used him mainly as a front rower coming off the interchange bench over the last year or so.
“Ross sees himself more as a back rower, a player who can hurt teams on the edges.
“That’s something we were looking for and while he does give us options at prop, he will get an opportunity to play back row with us.
“I think that was probably a factor in his decision.”