All Golds head coach Lee Greenwood says he is pleased with his squad on the eve of pre-season training but expects to add ‘three or four’ more players before the new campaign. “We’re really happy with how recruitment has gone this last couple of months. All the players we identified as targets have been signed so we’re satisfied”, said Greenwood. “We’re working hard on a couple more signings that we hope to complete before pre-season.”
Greenwood revealed his squad will begin their pre-season with a weekend away at an army training camp. He said: “We’re really looking forward to our first meet up. It will be interesting to see where fitness levels are – the lads will certainly be put through their paces!”
Canadian side Toronto Wolfpack will make their debut in League 1 next season with Greenwood expecting them to go through the season unbeaten. “The squad they’ve put together is comprised of Super League players so I’d be astonished if they didn’t win the title very comfortably – I can’t see anyone beating them. Obviously Whitehaven and Workington will be looking to bounce back to the Championship plus Barrow and Doncaster have recruited well. We’re under no illusions as to the challenge ahead of us but we’re confident we can do well.”
After completing the signing of Jordan Andrade from Salford Red Devils, Greenwood revealed the club have agreed terms with another former Salford player, in the shape of 20-year-old loose forward Chris Worrall. Worrall arrives with a big reputation and the All Golds head coach says he expects him to be a big hit in 2017. “All the feedback we have received on Chris is very promising. He is a tough, hard-working player who does the basics really well. He, like a lot of our squad, just needs an opportunity at this level – he will get that with us.”
Worrall’s first taste of rugby league came at Langworthy Reds and Leigh Miners Rangers before progressing through the under 19s at both St Helens and Salford. Known for his tough tackling and big carries he looks set for a breakthrough season. After signing his contract Worrall said: “I’ve spent three years at academy level playing for St Helens and Salford and after speaking to Lee and Anthony and them offering me a contract in a first team environment I jumped at the chance. I can’t wait to get started, ripping into pre-season and meeting my new team mates and coaches.
“My aims for this year are to be playing regularly in the first team and to establish myself to players, coaching staff and fans. I can’t wait to be playing against teams like Toronto, who have some real quality players, I can only relish the opportunity to perform well and thrive off that challenge.”