Malta international makes Cornwall move

James Gordon
Louis Singleton

Malta international hooker Louis Singleton has signed for Cornwall for the 2023 League 1 season.

Singleton, 31, made a single appearance for the Choughs last term in the 34-14 defeat to Rochdale.

The Salford-born has most recently turned out for Malta in their international win over Bulgaria in Sofia.

He said: “Although I only played one game for Cornwall last season, I really enjoyed the experience and everything about the club was positive.

“That positive experience meant that coming back for 2023 when the club were interested made complete sense.

“Cornwall is a new project and I want to be part of something in its inception and help it to grow. The potential for rugby league in Cornwall is massive and if you look at the attendances, they were some of the best in League 1. Once more wins start to come you will see even more supporters start to roll into Penryn.”

Jumped at the chance

Louis Singleton came through the academy ranks at Sale Sharks rugby union and started 2022 at Rochdale Hornets having spent the previous season with London Skolars.

He made his international debut back in 2015, playing in a 35-34 win over Belgium at Headingley.

Cornwall RLFC general manager John Beach added: “Louis really impressed everyone at the club last year when he came in for the game at Rochdale.

“He agreed to play because we were short of options at hooker with lads out of the picture for one reason or another. He fitted in really well and when he said he wanted to have another crack at playing in League 1 on a regular basis, we jumped at the chance to give him that opportunity.”

Cornwall enter their second season as a professional club in 2023 with a new head coach, with Mike Abbott having replaced former Super League coach of the year Neil Kelly.

Kelly led the side to a solitary win over West Wales Raiders in their maiden campaign, where they attracted an average crowd of more than 1,000 in the south west.

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