Champ & L1: London promote academy stars, Sheffield sign former Hull winger

A wrap up of the latest news in the Championship and League 1.

Championship

London Broncos have promoted five academy players to their first-team for 2021 – Jonah Verella, Josh Hodson, Will Blakemore, Rob Oakley and Jacob Jones.

The signings of the five players will take the homegrown element of Danny Ward’s squad to around 70% ahead of next season.

Ward said: “We believe in producing our own players and a squad made up of over 70% of homegrown lads is something we are immensely proud of.”

Sheffield have signed former Hull FC winger Mike Adlard on a one-year contract. Adlard returns to league after having a spell with Hull Rugby Union.

Sheffield coach Mark Aston said: “Mike has been out of the sport for a couple of years. He was full-time with Hull before playing at a decent level of rugby union.

“He is another good kid with massive amounts of potential. While being rather big and strong, he has great feet and can play at full-back too.”

League 1

West Wales Raiders have signed Australian half-back Will Ramsey for the 2021 season.

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