Wellington Albert will return to Featherstone Rovers for the 2020 Betfred Championship campaign after agreeing a loan deal from Leeds Rhinos.

The 25-year-old Papua New Guinea international went to Fev on dual registration last season and played 11 games as they reached the Championship Grand Final.

The former PNG Hunters, Widnes Vikings and North Wales Crusaders forward will join Featherstone’s first-team squad on January 3 ahead of their first pre-season fixture at home to York City Knight on January 5.

Rovers football manager Steve Gill told the club website: “We have been working closely with Leeds Rhinos with a view to bringing Wellington back to the club for the 2020 season and thankfully Leeds have allowed him to re-join us.

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“Wellington gave us real presence last season with his strong carries and off-loads and he became a real fans favourite in his short time he was here. Wellington welcomed the opportunity to return to the Rovers, I believe he will give us some extra fire power to an already formidable pack.

“We thank Steven Clough and the team at Millennium Support for their continued commitment to the club moving into 2020”