Featherstone have strengthened their team for their promotion push by signing the Wigan Forward Conner Farrell.

Farrell, who is the 23-year-old younger brother of England second-rower Liam, has made just nine senior appearances since he made his debut at Wigan back in 2014 and he spent the last two seasons on loan at Widnes and Swinton.

Featherstone completed the signing before last Friday’s transfer deadline and then announced the deal after they lost to Toulouse. However, the team will be competing in the Super 8s Qualifiers after they finished in the top four of the Championship.

Kris Radlinksi, Wigan’s rugby director, said, “Connor is a great young professional and having already worked alongside John Duffy earlier this season, during John’s time as Swinton head coach, he was keen to make the move over to Featherstone. With us being well covered in the forwards we felt that it was right to allow Connor to make this move.”

Duffy also praised Connor saying, “Connor is a hard-working and very talented professional, who has a big future in the game. We are pleased to have him on board for the rest of the season and look forward to integrating him into the team.”

In other transfer new, Wakefield Trinity signed the Australian hooker Tyler Randell on a two-year deal. The 24 year old will be moving to the Super League from the NRL ahead of the 2018 season.

Randell has spent the last four seasons playing with Newcastle Knights and will be making the move across the world next year. In addition to playing as a hooker, he can also play at lock and halfback.

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester said, “I am delighted to secure the services of Tyler for two years, his position is one that we identified at the start of the season that we did not have a great deal of depth. By bringing in Tyler, it will bring in a genuine competition and add quality to what is already a strong squad.”