Featherstone Rovers captain Ian Hardman has signed a new contract thus extending his stay with the club.

The new contract is expected to expire after a year.

Hardman joined the club from St. Helens in 2009 and ever since then, has become a fixture in the side.

Last Friday’s game against Leeds Rhinos which saw them fall 58-0 under the hammer of Leeds was his 250th appearance for the club.

In the Kingstone Press Championship, the Jon Sharp led side currently lies in the fourth berth. Halifax is in the fifth behind them with just one point and one more game than Featherstone.

And while the 31 year old was delighted to have penned a new contract with the club, he insists that their focus will be to ensure that they hold down their position in the top four.

“It has been a real privilege to lead the team this season and I hope to be leading us in an exciting Qualifiers campaign in August. We are fighting for our place in the top four, while striving to make it back into the top two.” Hardman said.

He also stated that with the current squad the team is building and with the kind of ambition spirit they possess, they would be sure to reach great heights.

Hardman also noted that they could end the season on a great note as well as to begin the new season on a fantastic note if they can keep on strengthening and performing better on the field.

He believes he is fit and he continues to work hard to ensure that his form remains up. He hopes that as far as his body remains healthy, he could continue to remain a part of the club’s future.