Scorpions trial Cunningham replacement


South Wales Scorpions are hoping that they have found a ready-made replacement for Curtis Cunningham who unexpectedly quit the club earlier this week.

Cunningham has left the Neath-based side to concentrate on his career outside of Rugby League but coming on as substitute for him in last Saturday’s 24-22 Challenge Cup win was Greg Callow.

A 25-year old winger, Callow was making his first senior rugby league appearance in over three years after starring for Celtic Crusaders reserves in 2008 where he scored 15 tries in 17 appearances and was second in the try scoring charts behind Elliot Kear.

He has been turning out for his local rugby union club, Bargoed Warriors, and was playing for the Scorpions last Saturday on a trial contract after being drafted into the squad last week. He scored the winning try in Saturday’s Cup tie and Clark believes that he could have potential.

“He’s a solid performer,” said Clark. “He ran hard and defensively he tightened up our bench. His experience in the game really showed today and he was a great addition to the side. I’d like to see what he does over the next few weeks to secure a contract with the Scorpions. All being well, he could have another chance to shine when we travel to Doncaster this Sunday.”

Clark was happy that the Scorpions got back on to the winning trail last Saturday and hopes to take that mentality into the league in Doncaster this weekend.

“It’s a big week for us to prepare for Doncaster away this Sunday,” Clark adds. “Last week was a good win for us as we knew how tough Wath Brow were going to be at home. We had a lot of desire there from our players making last ditch tackles at times, we had people backing up and scrambling well, we had the desire to go back and chase which is something we’ve been lacking.

“There’s a lot of desire and commitment there from our players and from the previous week to last week, it was a massive improvement. We need to build on that this Sunday and be even better still when we take on Doncaster this Sunday as we need to compete with the best teams in our league competition to be in the mix for promotion.”