North Wales Crusaders’ all-time leading try-scorer Rob Massam has signed a new one-year deal with the club.

As a complete newcomer to semi-professional rugby league, Massam joined Crusaders ahead of their debut season back in 2012 and became an instant hit with fans.

He went on to earn his first Wales cap later that year and featured in the 2013 World Cup, scoring in the Dragons’ defeat to Cook Islands in Neath.

After five years in a Crusaders shirt, Massam joined Rochdale Hornets and spent two seasons with the Greater Manchester club in the Championship, but he returned to Wrexham for the 2019 campaign.

In total, the winger has scored a staggering 122 tries in 135 appearances, making him Crusaders’ all-time leading try-scorer by a considerable distance and one of the most prolific players across the sport.

On his new deal with North Wales, Massam said: “When I first joined Crusaders, I was a little rusty so I never thought I’d achieve what I have.

“I’m really excited for next season already. I can’t wait to be back playing as I’ve missed it.

“After playing most weeks for the past nine years, my body’s had a bit of a rest over the last couple of months.

“I’m not getting any younger so, with the break, I feel fitter than I ever have and I want to carry on playing for as long as I can.

“Providing my body allows me to, I want to run out for Crusaders for a long time to come and help the club achieve more success.

“When we won the title in 2013, we were all best mates and the current group feels that way again.

“We’ve got a really good squad together now and we need to carry on developing.”

Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray added: “Rob has been a fantastic servant to Crusaders over the years.

“You know exactly what you’re going to get from Rob. He keeps himself in great condition and never leaves anything out on the pitch.

“He’s an outstanding player at this level and a massive part of what we do here at Crusaders.

“I’m delighted we’ve got Rob for at least another years as he offers us so much.”

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