Championship: Wakefield half-back Harry Siejka joins ambitious Featherstone on loan
Last Updated: 12/06/14 9:17am
Featherstone have signed Wakefield's Australian half-back Harry Siejka as they continue their push for a Super League place.
The former Penrith, St George Illawarra and New Zealand Warriors player has made nine Super League appearances for the Wildcats since joining them in March but Tim Smith's return this week from Salford has pushed him down the pecking order.
Rovers have been active in the transfer market in recent weeks, signing Huddersfield winger Ben Blackmore, Warrington forward Danny Bridge and Hull pair Jason Crookes and Chris Green.
Over the past two weeks we have delayed new signings to focus on long-term contracts with existing squad members but the opportunity to bring Siejka to Rovers was too good to turn down.
And they have also confirmed a deal is in place for Hull's Liam Kent to join the club on loan for the rest of the season with an option to extend for a further two years.
Rovers currently sit in second place in the Kingstone Press Championship table, seven points adrift of unbeaten leaders Leigh and three points clear of Doncaster in third.
The club's majority shareholder Feisal Nahaboo said: "This is another sign of our ambition and commitment to bringing Super League quality players to Featherstone Rovers.
"Over the past two weeks we have delayed new signings to focus on long-term contracts with existing squad members but the opportunity to bring Siejka to Rovers was too good to turn down.
"I think people are really starting to take notice of Featherstone Rovers and we will succeed in our ambition. The club has made prudent signings meaning we are under the wage cap, yet we have more quality arrivals to announce in due course."
To make way for their new signings Rovers have released Josh Sunley, Jamel Chisholm and Colton Roche while long-serving winger Tommy Saxton has moved to Halifax and forwards Keegan Hirst and Liam Walmsley have joined Batley and Doncaster respectively on loan.