Hor­nets add All Gold Billy to new ros­ter

Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL -

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.”

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