Hunslet secure five players for 2020

Hunslet have re-signed Tom Ashton, Ben Heaton, Jimmy Watson and Jordan Andrade for next season, whilst also signing Matty Chrimes from Doncaster.

The quintet take Gary Thornton’s 2020 squad to 11 so far.

Ashton, 27, scored 10 tries in 18 games last season, after becoming one of the club’s senior outside backs since joining the club in 2018.

Experienced centre Heaton, 29, was also influential in 2019, scoring 11 tries in 13 games, before a thumb injury sustained at work ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.

Club veteran Watson, 28, will enter his seventh season with the club in 2020, while Jamaican international Andrade has played just eight games for Hunslet so far, after joining mid-season from Dewsbury.

Highly-rated outside back Chrimes has agreed a one-year deal with the Parksiders and will link up with former coach Thornton once again.

“I met with him (Chrimes), put our vision across, and he was convinced that Hunslet was the place for him,” said Thornton. “He’s big and strong, and knows his way to the try-line. He has fitted into the group seamlessly, and is a great signing for us.”

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