SLAITHWAITE Saracens are confident of having all their main players available for the start of their first Pennine League Premier Division campaign.
Darren Hawkyard, left, Richard Flooks and Simon Burkinshaw were last week snapped up by Championship I club Swinton Lions and were part of the 56-28 home triumph over London Skolars.
Their moves mean they will be unavailable for their summer club, Underbank Rangers, in the Conference National League and that could have a big impact on the club from The Cross.
But Saracens officials expect to have the key trio in place for the start of their Pennine League campaign in the first Saturday in September.
“We were absolutely delighted to hear they had been signed by Swinton,” said Slaithwaite secretary Jonathan Fell.
“All three of them were at the heart of our Pennine League First Division title-winning campaign, and these call-ups are a fitting reward for all their hard work. Obviously, it’s going to hit Underbank hard this summer, because they’ll be without three top players.
“But it should be of benefit to us for our first Premier Division season.
“They’ll come back to us having just played at a very high level, and that should hopefully give them an extra edge.”
As well as the three new Lions, Slaithwaite have hooker Joe Worthington playing for Sheffield Eagles Academy this summer and prop Sam Crowther in action for Keighley Cougars reserves.
Some of the Saracens’ more junior players are, however, still in action for their club, helping Slaithwaite secure a 56-4 Summer Merit success at Barnsley A. They play the same opposition on June 12 in their next home game.
Meanwhile, the Saracens hold their presentation night at Pennine Manor on Friday, June 18. For more details contact Jonathan Fell on 07960 797593.