Hornets add All Gold Billy to new roster
ROCHDALE Hornets have completed the signing of Billy Brickhill from Gloucestershire All Golds, as he became the latest addition to the 2018 playing squad.
He can cover a number of positions, including hooker, loose forward and scrum half, as his versatility is a huge asset.
After getting a call from his new head coach Alan Kilshaw, Brickhill was delighted to be joining a club with such a rich history in the game.
“It feels good to have signed for the club,” he commented.
“I just can’t wait to get started now.
“It will be good to play under Alan, and in a good league for a good club.
“I was very happy when he got in touch, and I’m proud of the opportunity to play for such a great club with great support.”
He featured 24 times, scoring twice, in 2017 for the All Golds and impressed as he picked up the Fan’s player of the year award at the end of the season.
Before that he represented North Wales Crusaders following a successful open trial, and went on to make 13 appearances in 2016, scoring twice and picking up the young player of the year award.
His playing career has also seen him play for Cadishead Rhinos, Lancashire under 18’s, Chester Gladiators and Salford Red Devils Academy.
Despite stepping up a division from League 1 ahead of the 2018 campaign, Brickhill is looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s going to be a tough division next year in the Championship, with the likes of Toronto, Toulouse, London Broncos and Leigh.
“That’s a challenge I am looking forward to though and hopefully it can bring the best out of me.
“I’m just aiming to get a good pre-season under my belt with the lads, and then focus on doing well next year.”
His aim for the new season is to secure his place in an already hugely competitive squad, but through hard work he is confident he can achieve his goal.
That work starts in just under a month’s time, and he can’t wait to get suck into pre-season at his new club.
“I just want to force my way into the team, and if I achieve that I want to become a regular starter and play well.
“I can’t wait to get started with preseason so I can meet the lads and start working hard.
“It’s only a month away and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Hornets boss Kilshaw believes that after two solid seasons in League 1 Brickhill is deserving of his move up to the next level, and feels he will benefit from the club’s mix of youth and experience.
“Billy has shown what he is capable of in League 1 with two consistent seasons, and he deserves his opportunity at Championship level,” commented the Rochdale chief.
“Our recruitment has been focused on a mix of experienced Championship players and youngsters who we are aiming to develop.
“We have the perfect balance and Billy will be in a good environment to develop and push for a regular starting place, as his versatility gives us lots of options.”