Huddersfield RU have re-signed their trio of Yorkshire Under 20 players for next season – and recruited a highly-recommended front row forward.
Fly half Chris Bell, back row Lewis Bradley and versatile full back Lewis Workman have all agreed terms for next season at Lockwood Park.
And joining them in National III North will be Reuben Pollard, who has been snapped up by head coach Gareth Lewis from Old Crossleyans.
Lewis explained: “I’m delighted Chris Bell has re-signed. He is a talented rugby player and is gaining plenty of recognition for both Yorkshire and the North Under 20s.
“Hopefully he can gain selection for the England Counties Under 20s tour later this summer.
“His goal-kicking percentage is right up there with the top points scorers in the league, and fingers crossed he can improve on this again for next season.
“Chris has a first-class attitude and sets the bar for others to follow.”
Lewis believes County Under 20s Bradley and Workman have shown up well despite Huddersfield’s relegation from National II North.
“One of the few positives we can take from this season is what Lewis Bradley has done,” said the coach.
“At just 18 years of age he belies his years in terms of how he plays plays the game.
“He is tough, physical, competitive, ambitious and wants to learn.
“Clearly there are aspects to his game which we will look to develop during the off season, but this is fantastic news and shows our philosophy of backing these youngsters to bounce back.
“With Lewis Workman, he has had a solid season and will learn a lot from a tough campaign, physically and mentally.
“He looks comfortable at full back, but he has nailed his flag to the mast and made the inside centre position his priority.
“For a young lad, he has all the physical attributes and, with a big off season, he will no doubt improve further.
“Its an another great example of an academy player coming through the ranks and developing into an established first-team player.”
Pollard, who started out at Old Rishworthians and was educated at Ryburn Valley High, is 22 and is 6ft 1in tall.
He weighs in at 16 stones and Lewis reckons he will make a big impact.
“Reuben is a bit of an unknown quantity but has a fantastic attitude towards his rugby and wants to learn,” explained Lewis.
“He’s been the stand-out player in a struggling Old Crossleyans team and is ready for a fresh start.
“He comes highly recommended by former Halifax RUFC coach Kevin McCallion – and I trust his judgement.
“With the specialist scrummaging coaching we have planned with Yorkshire Carnegie, I think he will add some real competition to an already strong front row.”
Huddersfield have already agreed terms with 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.
And talks are still going on with a handful of players as Field plan to go straight back up.<p/> <p/> <p/>