HUNSLET HAVE signed prop-forward Sam Crowther from League One rivals Hemel Stags.
The 31-year-old played for Brighouse Rangers before beginning his professional career in Huddersfield Giants’ academy.
After a spell in New Zealand with Petone Panthers he made nine appearances for Gateshead Thunder in the 2009 season and three as a Keighley Cougars player the following year.
He joined amateur side Underbank Rangers in 2011 and quit the game two years ago, due to family commitments, before coming out of retirement to link up with Hemel midway through last season.
He scored one try in 13 games for Stags, who Hunslet will visit in their opening game of the 2018 campaign.
Crowther reckons joining Hunslet, who are gearing up for a promotion challenge next year, is the ideal move.
“I am really looking forward to my first season at such a great, well-organised and well-renowned club,” Crowther said of his return north.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for me and I intend on taking full advantage of it.
“I’m very grateful to Gary [Thornton] and the rest of the coaching staff for this chance.
“All the players seem decent lads and it will be good to get to know them all properly through what looks to be a tough, but enjoyable pre-season.”
Thornton believes Crowther has the potential to be a regular member of the Parksiders’ 17.
“I’ve known Sam for a number of years now and he has been unfortunate in the past not to progress his career as he would have hoped for,” said the coach. He’s a tough, uncompromising front-rower and will be pushing very hard to establish himself in the squad.
“Sam has a terrific desire to make it at the highest level he can and I know he will train the house down to get there.
“I’ve given him an opportunity to get back to his best and I’m sure he will grasp it with both hands to make it a success.
“He never leaves anything out on the field and puts 100 per cent into every game he plays. He’s also a great lad to have around and I’m sure he will soon become a big favourite in the group.”