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Castleford sign free agent Finn

Ireland captain Liam Finn will be back in Super League in 2014 after being snapped up by Castleford Tigers.

The 30-year-old goalkicking half-back, who had brief spells in the top flight with Halifax and Wakefield, has linked up with the Tigers following his release by neighbouring Championship club Featherstone.

Finn, who led the Irish in all three World Cup games against Fiji, England and Australia, scored 1,484 points in two spells at Featherstone, where he played under Castleford coach Daryl Powell.

I'm flattered and extremely grateful that a great traditional club like Castleford has given me the opportunity to play in Super League again.

"I didn't take my chance last time and it has been a long road back. I hope to pay that back to the club and the coaching staff with hard work and by proving to them - and to myself - that I am more than capable of being a quality Super League player for them and make the most of a second chance playing at the highest level."

– Liam Finn, new Castleford Tigers signing

Liam Finn has been a stand-out performer in the Championship for the last four seasons.

"He is an outstanding player in both half-back and hooker positions and will further enhance the quality of our competition in those positions.

"I am supremely confident he will do well in Super League as a result of his professional attitude and skill sets and I'm looking forward to working with him again here at Castleford Tigers."

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach

Kear to face old club in Championship Grand Final

John Kear will go up against his former club Sheffield Eagles in the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final at Leigh Sports Village next Sunday after his Batley side toppled favourites Featherstone 21-20 in extra time in a dramatic semi-final.

Rovers were on course for a fourth successive final when they led 18-0 after half-an-hour, but Batley, who needed extra time to beat Leigh in the semi-finals a week earlier, stormed back to force added time .

And replacement hooker George Flanagan kicked a golden-point drop goal to condemn their hosts to a first defeat under football manager Sean Long.

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Rovers cruise to victory

Featherstone moved up to second place in the Kingstone Press Championship with a 28-12 win over Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Doncaster took the lead with Danny Cowling's 10th-minute try but Rovers eased into an 18-8 half-time lead thanks to three tries in a 15-minute spell from Greg Worthington, Steve Crossley and Tom Saxton, all converted by Liam Finn.

Saxton grabbed a second try within four minutes of the re-start to strengthen his side's hold and Lamont Bryan added a fifth before Michael Butterfield pulled a try back for the home side.