Rochdale Hornets sign new forward to bolster 2023 pack

Rochdale Hornets have pulled off a coup by signing forward Jack Arnold ahead of the 2023 season.

The Hornets lost in the playoff semi-finals last season in their aim to get back to the Championship.

For 2023 they’ll try again and will be doing so with 25-year-old Arnold playing either prop or second-row.

The club announced the signing via their website and also tweeted the news.

Arnold has previously played at Oldham and before that Keighley, where he performed well in 17 games.

Head coach Gary Thornton noted his powerful style of play as key for the Hornets 2023 plans.

He said: “Jack is an experienced front rower and will complement our young squad really well as he’s aggressive, in both attack and defence, and will get us in the front foot with his strong carries.

“He’s a tough and robust middle unit player and a fantastic addition to our group.”

Chairman Andy Mazey also commented about his physical style of play describing Arnold as “a big aggressive unit.”

Arnold expanded: “It’s great to have him with us rather than against us in 2023.

“He’s an experienced campaigner at the top end of League 1 and I’m sure he will be a great addition to Gary’s new look pack.”

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