Hunslet sign ex-Swinton prop

Drew Darbyshire

Hunslet have signed former Swinton prop Zach Johnson for the 2020 season.

The 28-year-old, who has recently played for Thornhill Trojans in the National Conference League, made 31 appearances for Swinton between 2014-16.

Hunslet coach Gary Thornton said: “Zach is very experienced, a big strong prop who will complement our younger guys.

“We have a real mixture in the front-row which gives us lots of options.

“He knows that, having had a spell out of the pro ranks, he has to be on top of his fitness levels to push himself into the team but he has shown a great attitude to pre-season training and he’s chomping at the bit to show what he can do in the warm-up games.

“He will provide a big challenge to the other front-rowers and we now have plenty of competition for places.”

Johnson added: “I bring a lot of go-forward and aggression, plus I can help bring on the younger players in the side.

“The spirit here is superb. Everyone’s bought into a collective unit, rather than us being a bunch of 17 superstars. We’re hopefully putting in building blocks for the long-term, and we’re aiming to return to the Championship.”

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