Wigan Warriors man joins League 1 club despite having “a few clubs interested”

Rochdale Hornets have announced the signing of Toby Brannan from Wigan Warriors for the 2023 campaign.

Brannan, who came through the ranks at Wigan’s well-established academy and has already gained great experience on loan in both the Championship and League One.

After playing academy rugby and reserve grade for a while now, Toby says he chose to sign for the club after hearing what the club is looking to achieve.

“I had a few clubs interested in me but the idea of coming to Rochdale, with what we are trying to achieve, really excites me,” said Brannan.

“I’m looking forward to my first full season in senior rugby and hoping to get Rochdale back where they belong, while hopefully becoming a standout forward in the league,” Brannan also said.

On the coaching staff Brannan added: “With a good coaching team behind us as well, I believe we’ve got what it takes to achieve our aim getting promoted this season.”

Rochdale chairman Andy Mazey has reflected Brannan’s excitement, he said: “He knows what it’s all about and is keen to get going.

“Toby is a player we have monitored for a while, and Gary really liked the look of him, so it was very pleasing to get it over the line,” said Mazey.

With his size and power, Mazey is looking forward to seeing him on the field, he said: “He’s a big lad, with a cracking pair of hands for a middle forward and has gained valuable experience out on loan in the Championship and League One this year.”

On the signing, head coach Gary Thornton had this to say: “Toby is a great addition to our squad, and I’m delighted to have him on board for 2023.

“Toby has a good Rugby League foundation, coming through Wigan’s academy system where he has been well schooled and coached.

“He will bring a very professional approach to the group,” said Thornton.

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