Hunslet sign former Championship prop

Hunslet have completed the signing of former Swinton Lions and Dewsbury Rams prop Zach Johnson for the 2020 season.

Johnson has been out of the professional game since leaving Dewsbury Rams in 2017 and has recently been playing for Thornhill Trojans in the NCL.

The 28-year-old will enter his second spell with Hunslet, having previously made three substitute appearances during a spell in 2016.

He told the club website: “GT (Head Coach Gary Thornton) and I have spoken regularly over the years. He tried to sign me a few times but nothing came of our previous discussions, when he was at York and I was playing for Swinton and, later, when he was at Doncaster and I was with Dewsbury.

“This time we had a coffee and a good chat and it all came together. I’m maybe in my prime right now. I’ve got plenty of experience behind me, I’ve recently enjoyed a spell at Thornhill in the National Conference League, and I’ve got several good years left in the tank.”

Thornton added: “Zach is very experienced, a big strong prop who will complement our younger guys.

“We have a real mixture in the front row which gives us lots of options.

“He knows that, having had a spell out of the pro ranks, he has to be on top of his fitness levels to push himself into the team but he has shown a great attitude to pre-season training and he’s chomping at the bit to show what he can do in the warm-up games.

“He will provide a big challenge to the other front rowers and we now have plenty of competition for places.”

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