Hor­nets swoop for back Mor­ris

Middleton Guardian - - SPORT -

ROCHDALE Hor­nets have signed Welsh back rower Ben Mor­ris from St He­lens on a two year deal.

Mor­ris came through the St He­lens academy ranks and was a key part of their 2016 sea­son which saw the club go un­beaten through­out.

Keigh­ley, Work­ing­ton and Old­ham have all had the young­ster’s ser­vices over the last few sea­sons, but work­ing with new Hor­nets coach Carl Forster will pro­vide more ex­pe­ri­ence for Mor­ris.

The 21-year-old back has had in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence with Wales and has been named in John Kear’s squad for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships against Scot­land, Ire­land and France that will take place later this month.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to be start­ing a new chal­lenge at Rochdale and look­ing for­ward to get­ting started in pre-sea­son,” said Mor­ris.

“I’m grate­ful to Carl and the club for giv­ing me a chance to get play­ing at a good level and I know he has a lot of am­bi­tion for the club.

“I see them mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion so it feels like a good move for me and hope­fully I can bring some­thing to the club.”

Mean­while, Fi­jian for­ward Joe Taira has left the club to join up with Cham­pi­onship ri­vals Bat­ley Bull­dogs.

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