League One side extend England youth representative in push for promotion

League One has found itself become incredibly competitive with some of the signings and in particular re-signings across the division and North Wales Crusaders have extended plenty of their players with the latest being Shaun Costello.

Costello has played for England Lions at the U17 and U23 level and will represent Crusaders for the upcoming season once again having joined near the business end of the season in 2022.

Crusaders finished third on the season in 2022 but crashed out of the playoffs early to Rochdale Hornets before Swinton Lions ultimately secured promotion with victory over Doncaster to join Keighley in the Championship.

With the division being somewhat of a walkover for Keighley Cougars in 2022 as they secured the title with an invincible season, it should be a lot more competitive this year with plenty of signs strengthening sides.

The most obvious signing that will transform a team was Doncaster adding former Super League player Brett Ferres but Costello marks one of multiple players that Crusaders have managed to extend as they aim to return to the Championship.

The young forward said: “I was made up to get the opportunity to play in the final two play-off games for Crusaders and I’m grateful to have been asked to sign on for this season.

“I’m enjoying the start of pre-season with the lads and I’m hoping to make a positive impact and help the team to promotion.”

The addition of Costello for the full sign follows on from the signing of Joran Schoenmaker with the winger joining from the Netherlands where he won the title in 2018 with the Amsterdam Cobras.

Other players who have extended as part of North Wales’ push for promotion include former Oldham and Dewsbury man Matt Fletcher, Jack Houghton who is set to hit 100 appearances for the Welsh side in 2023 and that experience will partner with 21-year-old Castleford Tigers academy product Brad Jinks.

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