Rochdale News | Sports News | Rugby League: Rochdale Hornets announce players set to leave before next season



Date published: October 20, 2022


Rochdale Hornets have revealed which players are expected to leave the club ahead of the 2023 season.

Zac Baker, Gavin Bennion, Paul Brearley (retired), Ben Calland (retired), Rangi Chase, Jimmy Connaughton, Ben Forster, Luke Fowden, Cobi Green, Gregg McNally, Fuifui Moimoi, Lewis Sheridan and Rob Worrincy will not return to the club, that will work on a reduced gaming budget.

The club claims this is due to several financial factors affecting the club, including increased operational costs at the Crown Oil Arena and a significant reduction in central distribution since 2022. and merchandising of the stadium has ceased due to a change of position of the owner of the club.

However, while head coach Gary Thornton has been given a cut budget, the club says it will still be competitive and aim to make the playoffs and push for promotion.

Signings announced so far include: Dan Nixon, Ben Killan, Cole Connolly, Joe Purcell, Harry Swarbrick, AJ Boardman and Cameron Berry.

All loaned players and registered amateur players returned to their parent clubs.

Gary Thornton has been named head coach of the Rochdale Hornets
Gary Thornton has been named head coach of the Rochdale Hornets. Photo: JMSportPix

Thornton said: “It is inevitable that players will come and go from teams. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our 2022 season and wish those who depart the best in their next ventures.

“Players will stay or leave for a variety of reasons, and that’s their prerogative, but it’s important that we cut our fabric accordingly and live within our means.

“It’s a difficult time for the club, but I know Andy, Steve and the board are working hard to get the best budget available. We have to work with it and recruit as best we can from within it.

“It opens up opportunities for young players to come and seize their chance.

“While we have retained some quality young talent who have been excellent for us last year, and will be even better with another year of experience under their belts, our 2023 squad will have a new look about it. may not be household names, but you need to give them the chance to prove themselves.

“With some additions and a very good pre-season, we will be ready to go, at the start of next season’s campaign.

“I am confident that we will build a team of enthusiastic, talented and capable players and that we will be very competitive in Ligue 1.

“This is when we need you, our fantastic supporters, more than ever to support the club and the team – as you did last year. It really means a lot to me and for the players.”

Ruth J. Leeds