10th May 2019, 14:49
Hornets bring in new quartet
Rochdale Hornets have added four new players to their squad ahead of Sunday’s clash with York City Knights, including Wigan duo James Worthington and Reece Hamlett.
The pair have joined on a month’s loan, alongside permanent deals for Rochdale Mayfield utility Lewis Sheridan and Wigan St Cuthbert’s back rower Michael Coleman, who has been training at Salford.
With winger Hamlett also Rochdale-born, it increases the number of local players in the Hornets squad, something new coach Matt Calland is keen to build on.
Sheridan’s signing also means that seven players have now joined professional clubs from Rochdale Mayfield this season alone, with Hamlett and St Helens duo Matty Lees and Jack Ashworth also products of their youth development system.
Calland said: “Reece is a local lad and we want as many of those as possible around the squad.
“He came through at Mayfield and was signed by Wigan, he’s an England Youth winger with pace to burn.
“James Worthington has a first team squad number at Wigan and is a strong running, solid centre who will add to our options in the backs.
“Mike Coleman comes from Wigan St Cuthbert’s, but has been training with Salford after Martin Gleeson took him up there.
“Ian Watson put us onto him and he looks like a really good young player in the making, he’s enthusiastic and keen to learn.
“Lewis Sheridan is a very experienced player who has been the captain of Mayfield and has had a couple of spells at Hornets before.
“He’s toured Fiji with BARLA, and we’ve been struggling at halfback so he can cover that position for us as well as fullback and hooker.”
Paddy Flynn has opted to retire following a serious arm injury sustained in the Barrow Raiders game.
Calland hopes to make further additions to his squad in coming weeks.