Welsh prospect Farrer re-signs for Scorpions

South Wales Scorpions have confirmed that highly rated hooker Connor Farrer has signed a new deal for the 2015 season.

The 19-year-old is the Scorpions’ top try scorer this season, having crossed the whitewash 11 times. He made his debiyt for the club at the age of 17.

“I couldn’t be happier that Connor has agreed to stay for the 2015 season,” said South Wales coach Mike Grady.

“He’s a fantastic player, an equally great lad off the field, and he still only 19. He is a pleasure to coach, trains hard, plays well week in week out, has been in numerous teams of the week and month and also had Championship 1 Player of the Month in May.

“I’d back him for a major award at year end too, one of the best players through the Championships.

“I’ve said at the start of the year that I’d be very surprised if Connor doesn’t make the international side for the European Championships and after the way he has played this year, for me the number 9 jersey has his name on.

“He had plenty of offers from other clubs for probably more money, but we’ve created a fantastic environment here at the Scorpions. These Welsh boys love it and want to be here.”

The Scorpions have also signed up prop Scott Giles for next season.

The 28-year-old, a convert from rugby union club Treharris Phoenix, has, despite injury, enjoyed a fine first season in professional rugby league.

“I’m also pleased to see Scott Giles agree for another year,” Grady added.

“Scott is a prime example of what can be achieved if you knuckle down. He is a fairly late comer to the game but has made the step up from the Valley Cougars and not let himself down.

“Paul and I expect him to kick on even further in 2015 after a full pre-season. He is a big robust forward who finished 2014 season with a fine game against Hunslet and I’m looking forward to seeing Scott making further progress next season.”

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