Hornets snap up Josh Crowley

Rochdale Hornets have become the latest club to strengthen ahead of the Super 8s after completing the signing of Josh Crowley from Oldham for the remainder of 2016.

The Hornets have paid an undisclosed fee for the 24-year-old second-rower as they attempt to boost their chances of earning promotion to the Championship next year.

Crowley was a popular player among the Oldham fans for his consistent displays during his three years at the club, although he has not played since February after deciding to take a break from the game.

“We welcome an outstanding player into the group and this shows our intent to compete with the sides around us who have also strengthened,” said Hornets head coach Alan Kilshaw.

“No one predicted we would be in the position we are in at this stage of the season. We have strengthened our squad with Josh to continue our form and kick on in the Super 8s.”

Crowley added: “It feels great to have signed for Rochdale. From what I’ve already seen from coming to Rochdale as a visiting player, and from what I’ve heard from past and present Rochdale players, it’s a great club with a great set-up and I can’t wait to get started.

“I needed the break so that I could fall in love with the game all over again. I’ve definitely got my hunger back and can’t wait to get started.”