While Huddersfield RU have signed a string of players for next season, they are disappointed to be losing Tom Hodson.

The talented full-back is joining Otley, who finished eighth in National II North this season as the Lockwood Park side were relegated.

Head coach Gareth Lewis said: “It is obviously very disappointing to lose a player of Tom’s quality.

“I had hoped he would remain with us, but he has his own reasons for moving on.

“He has been an outstanding player for us over the last three seasons and has put in a number of match-winning performances.

“However, the team is evolving and I’d personally like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him well for the future.

“He will always be welcome back at Lockwood Park.”

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Already committed to Huddersfield in National III North next season are Joel Hinchliffe, Dan Jeffrey, Adam Tamanis, Tom Kanouras, Nick Rhodes, Austen Thompson, Gavin Rhodes, Adam Malthouse, Declan Thompson, Henry Ward, Ben Morrill, Elliot Knight, Ben Hoyle and skipper Alex Battye.

While Yorkshire Under 20 trio Chris Bell, Lewis Workman and Lewis Bradley have also signed, along with new arrival from Old Crossleyans, Reuben Pollard.

Bell, Workman and Bradley were in the Yorkshire Under 20 squad which won the County Championship final 53-20 against Northumberland at Twickenham.

The result made Yorkshire, who also included Old Brodleians’ Reece Ward, the most successful team in the history of the Under 20 competition.