After missing out on The Qualifiers, Betfred Championship side Featherstone’s half back Anthony Thackeray told Get ’em Onside that there was going to be big changes at Rovers and today’s news regarding the release of fellow pivot Tom Holmes follows on from the departure of Gareth Hock.
Such is the financial impact on the club following missing out on the top four, big changes are set to made at Post Office Road and Hock and Holmes, both former Super League players, were top earners at the club and both agreed to leave by mutual consent. Holmes signed initially on a one year deal for 2018 after leaving Castleford but will now be looking for a new club for next season. He shouldn’t be short of suitors and Salford were strongly linked with the 22-year-old earlier this year. After seeing his season end early due to an ACL injury in June, Holmes leaves Rovers with eighteen appearances to his name, scoring six tries.
It is believed that more players are likely to leave the club in coming weeks following the season’s culmination as Rovers prepare for 2019 with what will be a hugely changed playing squad.