Hemel Stags have completed a hat-trick of signings in the shape of Keighley Cougars’ half-back Ben Stead, London Broncos academy centre Harrison Wallace Brough and promising front rower Josh Halstead.
Hemel coach Troy Perkins said: “Ben is a talented half-back who has been highly recommended by my assistant coach Colin Baker who coached him for England Students.
“He has been in a very good player development system at Keighley Cougars and his experience will be invaluable. Ben will add a lot to our squad with his organisational skills and kicking game and I am looking forward to working with him.”
When asked for his thoughts on signing for Hemel, Stead said: “The opportunity to join Hemel Stags is one that I am really excited about.
“Over the last few years they have begun to establish themselves in Championship 1 and I will look to add to this momentum going forward at the club.”
Halstead, meanwhile, has also previously worked with Baker. Perkins is also impressed by him, adding: “Josh is a big prop that was very impressive representing England Students last season. He played a big part in the England squad winning the four nations Championship.
“He will give us good go forward and plenty of aggression to our pack. Speaking to Josh I could tell how passionate he is about his rugby league and how keen he is to start playing with the Stags.”
Halstead added: “I am delighted to be joining Hemel Stags for the 2016 season. They are putting together an impressive squad and I will hope to add to that with plenty of output in defence and attack.
“I’m really looking forward to putting the work in during pre-season to ensure 2016 will be the best yet for both the club and myself.”