Former Warrington Wolves and Wales international Ben Evans has joined a surprising new team in 2024.
The forward has joined North Wales Crusaders for next season as he continues his career into his 14th season after he and his brother Rhys started their career at Warrington Wolves together.
Fresh from a season with Championship outfit Barrow Raiders, Evans arrives in Colwyn Bay looking to boost Carl Forster’s Crusaders squad for the 2024 season.
Evans began his career at Super League outfit Warrington Wolves with loan spells at Bradford Bulls, Leigh and Rochdale, before leaving Warrington to join London Broncos ahead of the 2017 season.
He made close to a half-century of appearances in the capital before crossing the channel and making the switch to Toulouse in 2019.
Evans returned to Bradford for the 2021 season where he made 33 appearances for the club, scoring five tries earning himself a move to Cumbria to link up with Barrow Raiders.
On the international stage, Evans made his Wales debut against France in 2012 before going on to represent his country at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
On signing for Crusaders, Evans commented: “I’m really excited to be able to take the opportunity of becoming a Crusader for 2024.
“I know Carl [Forster] really well from playing together, and I’m looking forward to playing with him again.
“Being born in Wales to now signing for a welsh team feels like it’s come full circle for me and I’m looking forward to bringing that pride to Crusaders.”
Crusaders head coach, Carl Forster, added: “Ben is a real statement signing for us. As soon as I learnt of his availability, I got in touch with Ben and spoke to him about the club.
“He’s come in with a real desire to do well and his leadership qualities and experience is something our younger lads can lean on and learn from him.
“Being a Welsh international and having him at our club is a real step in the right direction.”
The club have been really ambitious this year with a number of high profile signings but Ben Evans is one of the biggest they have made.