Hunslet RLFC can today announce that Nathan Chappell and Tommy Brierley have put pen to paper on new 12-month contracts.
Chappell made 15 appearances for the Parksiders last season scoring 11 tries before a knee injury cut short his season. After a long stint of rehabilitation and a spell playing Ruby Union he is now fit and raring to go.
Nathan commented “I’m really pleased to have signed another deal at Hunslet.
“It’s a great club and i feel like I want to be a part of something special, which is what we are building here.
“There’s been a large number of changes to the squad this year so I’m grateful Gary and the rest of the staff felt I was needed in it to help push for promotion, which is a challenge I’m extremely looking forward to with a great set of lads alongside me.”
GT was delighted to have secured the services of Chappy for another year “I’m really pleased to have Chappy on board for next season.
“He was a terrific signing for us last year and quickly became a popular member of our group both on and off the field.
“His season was cut short in August following a knee injury at West Wales, and I think it’s fair to say, our poor form at the back end of the season was largely due to missing a number of key players, Chappy being one of them.
“He was one of our stand outs and a major positive up until his injury and we missed both his finishing and his defensive contributions.
“He’s finally got the issue sorted with his knee, and is in full pre-season ready to go in 2019, and I’m really excited about our back line and the potential it has.”
Tommy initially joined the club from York in 2017 but has struggled to cement a place in the squad due to injuries. He made 4 appearances for the Parksiders in 2018 and is now fully fit and looking to get a full pre-season under his belt.
Tommy said “I’m looking forward to a full pre-season after a long period of rehabilitation following my operation last year.
With the squad assembled this season its going to be a big year for the club and i look forward to playing my part.”
Gary Thornton commented “Tommy was really unlucky last season as he never really fully recovered from his knee reconstruction surgery, and we probably rushed him back before he was fully ready to play at first team level.
“Tommy has undoubted ability and skill but that can only be realised when he returns to full fitness.
“So it is only right that we give him the opportunity to get a full pre-season under his belt and get back to the promising form he showed in 2017 when he joined us from York.
“Hopefully he can do that – he has the desire and the attitude to get back to his best and we will support him all the way.”