Rochdale Hornets announce squad numbers for 2023
Rochdale Hornets have confirmed their squad numbers for the 2023 League 1 season, with Duane Straugheir captaining the side.
The 33-year-old forward is a new recruit for Rochdale, having previously played under head coach Gary Thornton at Hunslet.
There’s been a large turnover in players at the Crown Oil Arena over the off-season.
The Hornets side have welcomed 24 new players to the club. Experienced half-back Dave Hewitt, who came through the ranks at St Helens, has been appointed vice captain after joining the club from rivals Oldham.
Joe Purcell has been given the number one shirt following his switch from fellow League 1 side Cornwall. Cole Connolly, also arriving from Cornwall, will wear 26.
Sam Haynes and Owen Blackwood, who have both joined from St Helens, have been given shirt numbers 23 and 21 respectively.
Dan Brewin has been handed the number 11 jersey following his move from Super League side Warrington.
Widnes academy product Lewis Else will partner Dave Hewitt in the halves, having received the number six shirt.
Both joining Rochdale from neighbours Salford, Connor Aspey and Callum Green will wear the 13 and 20 shirts respectively.
Former Doncaster forward Zac Braham has been awarded the number eight shirt at his new club.
AJ Boardman, who spent last season with Midlands Hurricanes, will wear 17 at Rochdale.
Ben O’Keefe and Toby Brannan, who have arrived from Wigan, will wear four and 27 respectively.
Rochdale Hornerts 2023 squad numbers:
1. Joe Purcell
2. Cian Tyrer
3. Will Cooke
4. Ben O’Keefe
5. Dan Nixon
6. Lewis Else
7. Dave Hewitt
8. Zach Braham
9. Cameron Berry
10. Ben Killan
11. Dan Brewin
12. Duane Straugheir
13. Connor Aspey
14. Aiden Roden
16. Ethan O’Hanlon
17. AJ Boardman
18. Jack Arnold
19. Ewan Badham
20. Callum Green
21. Owen Blackwood
22. Tommy Porter
23. Sam Haynes
24. Andy Clarke
25. Dan Harrison
26. Cole Connolly
27. Toby Brannan
Rochdale has dedicated the number 15 shirt to Freddie Lowe, a young fan who lost his battle against cancer in 2021.
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