Cornwall have announced the signings of half-back Matty Turton and utility back Chris Chard ahead of the 2022 season.
Both players were part of the open-age trial the club had earlier this year. They have both been training with the club since and have now earned professional deals.
Turton was born in Leigh, and played for Leigh Miners as a junior before moving to Cornwall last year. The 20-year-old represented Cornwall in the County of Origin match against Devon.
Meanwhile, Chard is a local player, having been born in Truro. He has played rugby league for the Army since 2018.
Both players enthused by Cornwall opportunity
“I am buzzing with this opportunity,” enthused Turton. “Finding out there was a professional rugby league team in Cornwall – it was an opportunity I grabbed with both hands and I am going to give it my all. I will give it my best shot and who knows where it will lead.”
“Like everyone has said already, it is an incredible opportunity,” Chard added. “But to play for Cornwall as Cornish lad is both a privilege and an honour.
“I am just keen to get in, get some ball in hand and have a good season. It is exciting to bring rugby league to Cornwall as we are a proud rugby nation, let us see what we can do in the league world.”
League One opens this weekend
The League One season will offically start this weekend- although Cornwall do not have a game as they get the first bye of the season.
The season starts on Saturday, as London Skolars welcome Hunslet to the capital. That is the only game that will take place that day.
The remaining four games take place on Sunday. Doncaster will welcome the newly branded Midlands Hurricanes; recently-relegated Oldham welcome Keighley, Rochdale face North Wales and in a repeat of the Challenge Cup tie where the Lions won 98-0, Swinton welcome West Wales.
Cornwall will get their campaign underway next week against North Wales.