Flynn ar­rival is real coup for Hor­nets

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS FAITH NEWS -

HOR­NETS have pulled off a ma­jor coup in the sign­ing of for­mer Widnes Vik­ings and Castle­ford Tigers star, Paddy Flynn.

Flynn, 30, who stepped away from the full time game in 2017, has since plied his trade at Sh­effield Ea­gles and Thatto Heath Cru­saders.

The ath­letic winger scored 102 tries in 177 ap­pear­ances for the Vik­ings be­fore leav­ing on loan for the Castelford club, where he went on to score a fur­ther six in 10 games.

Flynn comes into the fold as a di­rect re­place­ment for Rob Mas­sam who has an­nounced he is leav­ing the club for his home town side North Wales Cru­saders and head coach Carl Forster is de­lighted with his lat­est cap­ture.

“This is a huge sign­ing for our club,” said Forster.

“I’ve known Paddy a while and I’ve tried sign­ing him ev­ery year, but Rochdale mas­sively ap­pealed to him.

“He’s a great player and his qual­ity will help the younger boys around him.

“I can’t wait to see him in a Rochdale shirt.”

Flynn knows the task in hand at Rochdale but is rar­ing to go.

“I can’t wait to meet the lads and get to work with Carl,” said Flynn.

“There are some real com­peti­tors in this team. It’s go­ing to be a tough com­pe­ti­tion and I’m sure we can hold our own against some of the big­ger teams.”

Mean­while, Ryan Millington has agreed a new year-long deal at the club.

Millington joined the Hor­nets on loan last sea­son from North Wales Cru­saders and will be a key part of Carl Forster’s lineup in 2019.

The for­ward, who fea­tured pre­dom­i­nately as a prop last sea­son is a strong player who will strengthen the Hor­nets de­fen­sive line.

“I’m happy Ryan has de­cided to stay with us af­ter a good loan spell last sea­son,” com­mented Forster.

“He’s a grafter in the mid­dle of the park and gets through a lot of un­no­ticed work.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what he can do with a full sea­son with us.”

●●Paddy Flynn

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