Chapelhow twins extend Newcastle stay

Drew Darbyshire
Jay Chapelhow in action for Newcastle

Jay Chapelhow in action for Newcastle

Former Widnes props Jay and Ted Chapelhow have committed to Newcastle for the 2022 Championship campaign.

The 26-year-old twins have signed new one-year deals with Thunder after arriving at the club ahead of last season. Jay made 16 appearances in 2021, whilst Ted played 19 games.

Newcastle boss delighted to have Chapelhow twins on board for 2022

Newcastle coach Eamon O Carroll said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to keep Jay and Ted for next season.

“They were big players and big characters for us the last season and I’m sure they will continue to be that in 2022.

“They’re strong carriers of the ball and have fantastic energy that they used to great effect.

“They are committed and are good people and I’m looking forward to them being a presence again next year.”

Jay made 57 appearances for hometown club Widnes between 2015-20, with Ted playing 73 games during that time.

In addition, Newcastle have now made 10 signings for 2022 – Ted, Jay, Jake Anderson, Alex Donaghy, Brad Day, Alex Foster, Thomas Minns, Craig Mullen, Ukuma Ta’ai and Kyle Trout.

Elsewhere in the Championship: Dane Chisholm commits to Featherstone

Dane Chisholm in action for Featherstone

Featherstone fought off competition from other clubs to retain star half-back Dane Chisholm for the 2022 season.

The 31-year-old Australian has been a fan favourite at the Rovers since joining the club ahead of the 2020 campaign from Championship rivals Bradford.

Chisholm has made more than 100 career appearances for Melbourne Storm, Hull KR, Bradford, Sheffield and Featherstone.

Featherstone coach Brian McDermott said: “Dane is an experienced high quality performer who I’m pleased to see being retained by the club.

“It’s a really strong statement by the club to be retaining players of this calibre. A player who I know had offers on the table from other leading clubs. I look forward to working with Dane moving forward.”

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