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Hemel Stags sign two more as season approaches

As Hemel Stags move into 2013 the step into the semi-professional ranks of Championship 1 draws even closer. Troy Perkins has signed two more players who have learned their Rugby League trade in Hemel Hempstead all their lives.

Gareth Swindells has signed as a Hooker and Loose Forward and Perkins is excited by his potential for next year. He said, 'Gareth is a local lad who has come through our junior system, he has been in the first team squad for the past seven seasons. He can play hooker or loose forward and is a real tough kid. He is a great defender and really tightens up defence in the middle of the field, He deserves an opportunity at this level.'

Perkins has coupled the signing of Swindells with another local player, Tom Sadler. He said, 'Tom is a good addition to the squad. He is a local junior and spent several seasons down at Broncos in the academy. He has a great attitude to training and is always keen to learn. He has been unlucky with injuries over the past couple of seasons which has restricted the number of first team games he has played but if he can stay fit he will add abit to our depth in the hooker position.'

Hemel Stags will play 3 pre-season fixtures with the first one being against London Broncos U19s on the 27th January. Tom Williams, Community Manager, said 'Everyone is getting very excited and I think the pre-season games will be a great way to build up steam toward the Northern Rail Cup and Championship 1 beyond that.'

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Press Release: 18 Jan

Hemel Stags will start their preparation for their inaugural campaign in Championship 1 with a friendly game against Super League outfit London Broncos U19s. This game comes as the Stags continue their hard work and preparation toward Championship 1 and will be a hard test for the new professional club.

Troy Perkins, Head Coach, commented on the fixture, 'Its our first hit out for the season. It's a great opportunity for me to look at some of the players who have been doing pre-season who I haven't seen play much before. London Broncos will offer decent opposition as they will be well drilled and very fit.'

A famous Stag may be returning to Pennine Way but will be pull on a London Broncos jersey instead. Dan Sarginson, on route back from injury, is likely to take to the field for the London Broncos. Dan played his junior rugby at Hemel Stags and has now gone on to represent London Broncos in the Super League and most recently has played for the England Knights team. Troy Perkins commented, ' It's great that Dan will come back to Hemel where he played his junior rugby. I think it will also add more interest to the fixture as a lot of Hemel and other London based Rugby League supporters will want to see him play his old club.'

Everyone who comes to the game who hasn't yet bought a season ticket will get a £5 discount off a season ticket in the Match Day programme. Tom Williams said, 'We want all our regular supporters to be season ticket holders and benefit from the great discounts that can be gained by buying one. We are a supporter owned club and we want our loyal supporters to benefit from being able to support us in an affordable way.'

With the season fast approaching it is a once in a lifetime chance to see Hemel Stags' first ever game against London Broncos in their current form. Tom Williams, Community Manager, wants to see the London Rugby League community at the club on the 27th January. He said, 'It will be a different experience to the Capital Challenge but it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Hemel Stags play our first ever pre-season game preparing for our first ever season in the professional ranks of the game. Entry is only £6 so come along and watch what is set to be an historic match of Rugby League.'

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