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  1. Thunder transfer in players: Jack Aldous (York City Knights); Kruse Robinson (Yass Magpies); Liam McAvoy (Workington Town); Liam Scott (Wallsend Eagles); Brett Waller (York City Knights); Corbyn Kilday (Swinton Lions); Tyler Craig (York City Knights); Danny Nicklas (York City Knights). Thunder's 19 man squad includes five internationals in the form of former England wing Peter Fox, current Jamaican centre Joe Brown, Welsh prop Matty Barron and Cook Island duo Vincent Rennie and Aaron Terri. Alongside these established Thunder players, six of the above new additions also make the squad. 19 Man Squad: Harry Aldous, Jack Aldous, Matty Barron, Joe Brown, Rhys Clarke, Tyler Craig, Peter Fox, Benn Hardcastle, Corbyn Kilday, Sam Luckley, Liam McAvoy, Danny Nicklas, Derrell Olpherts, Daniel Parker, Vincent Rennie, Evan Simons, Aaron Teroi, Brett Waller, Lewis Young.
  2. The Squad: Ritson, Hambley, Chamberlain, Forber, Doran, Coward, C. Phillips, Scholey, B. Phillips, Szostak, Howarth, Dowsett, Curwen, Rooke, Davies, Shelford, Joseph, Fitzsimmons, Singleton. An exciting unit that will enjoy playing on their fast pitch!
  3. 3G Synthetic pitch isn't it ? Allowing fast open rugby which will really suit our new style.
  4. Brilliant signing, always liked his approach to the game. Well done to all involved in getting his signature.
  5. 10 First Team Squad Members in the Huddersfield squad of 21 named to face Town this weekend. Squad: Adam O'Brien, Oliver Roberts 16, Nathan Mason 19, Daniel Smith 20, Gene Ormsby 21, Tyler Dickinson 22, Sam Wood 23, Darnell McIntosh 24, Mikey Wood 26, Liam Johnson 27, Matty English 29, Harry Woollard, Izaac Farrell, Tyler Mellor, Josh Pinder, Jamie Greenwood, Billy Hayes, Jon-Luke Kirby, Sam Hewitt, Alex Young, Jack Richardson.
  6. I think 14 was Sam Dowsett, an excellent contribution.
  7. Nice learning experience for the squad today, the most pleasing surprise for me was the performance of number 20 Kieran Mewse, a promising debut.
  8. Apologies if you are already familiar with this site and information. However, with regards to squads and signings for the next season in Championship 1, it is worth looking on the RFL Fans Forum - RLFANS.Com. Once on the site, scroll down to and then enter the Keighley Cougars site, find the topic '2017 League One Squads' where 'Hello Trouble' is recording all the respective club squad details as they happen. Interesting reading for all rugby league anoraks amongst us!
  9. Apparently an e-mail was sent by RFL chief executive Nigel Wood to other member clubs which outlines why the controversial decision to allow them to retain their Championship status has been made. "I am writing to update you on the current situation of the Bradford Bulls club. As you will no doubt be aware the club was placed into Administration on 14th November 2016 and since then the Administrator has been attempting to sell the club as a going concern. Throughout this process the RFL has supported the club and its staff in an attempt to navigate it through to calmer waters. Regrettably it would appear that the Administrator has not found a buyer for the club or for any part of it. The accumulated debts to unconnected parties of approximately £1M and the estimated funding shortfall of circa £1M for 2017 has deterred many interested parties from pursuing a formal offer. Accordingly we have been advised by the Administrator that he has ceased to trade with a view to liquidating the Club. However the RFL is aware of a number of individuals and consortia interested in taking professional Rugby League forward in Bradford. Similarly the independent Board of the RFL has also concluded that our sport would be weaker and our competition structure damaged without a club in Bradford. Accordingly the Board has asked interested parties to contact the RFL directly. The Board recognises the need to balance competition integrity while protecting the reputation of the sport and acknowledges that all other clubs in the league have prepared for the competition in 2017 on the presumption that Bradford would be competing in Championship. Accordingly the Board, having balanced up all the alternatives, have concluded that a new club would be invited to assume the membership slot vacated by Bradford Bulls (Northern) Ltd., in the Championship. However the club would start the season with a points deduction of 12 points, and the central distribution would be limited to the lowest distribution available in Championship, with the funds freed up being used to assist the closing down of the current company. Clearly all player contracts are voided and the players will become free agents. The RFL will provide dispensations, as we have in the past, to those players who are contracted to other clubs, where appropriate. The Board recognises that there are arguments that could be made to reach a different decision, but they have concluded that in the best interests of the wider sport, the other clubs in Championship, the 1000 plus season ticket holders who have invested in the sport and the players and staff rendered unemployed by the failure of the club are pragmatically best dealt with in the course of action set out above. In closing could I add that Rugby League has a long and enviable record of rallying round parts of the sport that encounter difficulties. The situation at Bradford is as acute as any experienced. We have been inundated with messages of support for the club and encouragement for the centre to assist the Bradford club as practically as possible. The challenges facing the new club will be significant however I know the sport can be relied upon to deliver the support and goodwill that will be needed to recover its current circumstances."
  10. I wonder if the RFL actually bothered to ask Whitehaven or Barrow if they would take the opportunity to step up to the Championship League?
  11. According to the Guardian:"The Guardian understands that the RFL were hesitant to place a newly-reformed Bradford into the sport’s bottom professional tier, League 1, due to the logistical problems arising from asking a side in that division to make the step up at such short notice, just weeks from the beginning of the new season." They also go on to say, "The club’s playing squad are now effectively free agents just weeks from the start of the new season. However Super League sides who have already spent the salary cap for the 2017 season will be given special dispensation from the RFL to sign players outside of the cap on a case-by-case basis." Catch 22 situation, place in the Championship still, but if their best players are taken under the above "special dispensation" ruling, where will they get a competitive squad from in time to meet the start of the 2017 season? Relegation (minus 12 points and a weakened squad) at the end of the season would appear inevitable.
  12. The full draw: Whitehaven v Workington York v North Wales Crusaders Hunslet v Newcastle Keighley v Doncaster Rochdale Mayfield v Barrow Pool B Oxford v Coventry South Wales v London Skolars Hemel Stags v Gloucester All Golds It would be nice to get Barrow at home in the second round!
  13. And so it starts! In round 1 of the League 1 Cup to be played February 18th/19th, Town play Whitehaven Away!
  14. Well done to all involved tonight, a most informative, honest and entertaining evening and well worth a seventy mile round trip.
  15. Signed for Barrow, thanks for your service to Town.