Cornwall sign Maltese international for 2023 season

Betfred League One side Cornwall have announced the re-signing ofย  Louis Singleton to bolster their chances in the upcoming season.

The side that play rugby far and away from the rugby league heartlands teased the announcement of their new signing in an earlier tweet.

Cornwall will need all the help they can get as they finished 10th in League One last season winning just one game.

They’ve already re-signed hooker Andy Kay for the upcoming season with Kay having departed in June, before making a swift return to the Memorial Ground.

However more additions have been made and at 4pm the south westerly side posted this cryptic tweet with the message translating to โ€œHappy Monday Cornwall Fansโ€.

With both the language and flag that accompanied the teaser being Maltese many fans had been trying to work out who their new signing could be.

It turned out to be former Cornwall player Louis Singleton who has represented Malta at international level, as well as having played for the Choughs previously.

โ€œAlthough I only played one game for Cornwall last season, I really enjoyed the experience and everything about the club was positive,โ€ Singleton told cornwallrlfc.co.uk

โ€œI knew a few of the lads already as I had played with Tom Ashton previously while Harry Aaronson and I went to the same high school.

โ€œAlthough we lost that game against Rochdale, all the lads were a cracking bunch and they were very easy to get along with.

โ€œThat positive experience meant that coming back for 2023 when the club were interested made complete sense.

โ€œCornwall is a new project and I want to be part of something in its inception and help it to grow. The potential for rugby league in Cornwall is massive and if you look at the attendances, they were some of the best in League 1. Once more wins start to come you will see even more supporters start to roll into Penryn.โ€

Singleton pulled on the colours of Malta once again in their recent victory over Bulgaria in Sofia and despite his international stripes, he knows that competition for Cornwallโ€™s hooking duties will be fierce.

โ€œWe are going to have some quality players all battling it out for the number nine shirt next year,โ€ he added. โ€œBut that kind of challenge is one I relish and I think it is really healthy for the squad and the other boys that we will be pushed and tested.

โ€œYou never want to be the only show in town, picked because there was nobody else to play in a particular position and I know that wonโ€™t be the case next year.โ€

Meanwhile, Cornwall RLFC general manager John Bech added: โ€œLouis really impressed everyone at the club last year when he came in for the game at Rochdale.

โ€œHe agreed to play because we were short of options at hooker with lads out of the picture for one reason or another. He fitted in really well and when he said he wanted to have another crack at playing in League 1 on a regular basis, we jumped at the chance to give him that opportunity.โ€

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