The latest player to sign a new deal at North Wales Crusaders ahead of the 2021 campaign is Jordan Penny.

The youngster joined Crusaders from amateur side Wigan St Cuthberts towards the end of 2019.

While his preferred position is at centre, he also offers options elsewhere, appearing for North West England Lionhearts before making the step up to semi-professional level.

After signing a new deal for North Wales ahead 2020, he put in a couple of impressive performances in the early rounds, only for the season to be cut short because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Penny said: “Crusaders gave me the opportunity to step up from the amateur game so I was always going to stay and I’m really happy to be on board for next season.

“I want to be playing in the team week in, week out and helping the club push for those play-off spots.

“We had a really good pre-season and I think we definitely would’ve made the play-offs in 2020.

“We’ve got a really tight group here so we need to keep everyone together and kick on now.”

North Wales head coach Anthony Murray added: “He got a few games under his belt with us in 2019, but you could see the progress he’d made in 2020.

“It was no doubt disappointing for him that the season ended when it did because he was starting to hit a bit of form.

“If he can pick up where he left off and gain a bit more experience at this level, I think we may well have found another gem from the amateur game.

“Like a lot of the players we bring to the club, I hope he’ll become an important part of the team and stay with us for many years to come.”

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