North Wales Crusaders have strengthened their squad further ahead of the 2021 campaign with the re-signing of Warren Thompson.

Having joined Crusaders ahead of 2017, Thompson is currently one of the club’s longest-serving players, racking up nearly 60 appearances for the club to date.

Before he switched to North Wales, the prop had come through the system at Super League club St Helens and then spent a couple of seasons at Rochdale Hornets.

On his new deal with Crusaders, Thompson said: “I’m made up to be staying as I couldn’t see me playing anywhere else. As soon as I spoke to Muzza and Andy Moulsdale, we got the deal done.

“We’ve got a really good group and everyone gets on well with each other. We haven’t got any big egos in the squad and that’s a really good thing.

“We’re definitely on the right path to make those play-offs, which was our aim in 2020, and I think we’ll do that once the COVID-19 situation has settled down and we’re able to play.

“Our squad is quite new and we brought in a lot of players from the amateur game, but we’ve bonded well.

“I’ve been used to being one of the younger lads, but now I’m a bit older and I hope I can help some of the new lads wherever I can.

“Everyone knows I’ll rock up and always give 100 per cent. I hope I can set a positive example.”

North Wales head coach Anthony Murray added: “Woz is a massive part of our squad and it’s great to have him with us for 2021.

“He has a vast amount of experience and often does a lot of the hard work that goes unnoticed.

“He gets through a significant amount of work for us in the middle and can play big minutes.

“I’ve no doubt Woz will continue to be key for us next season and hopefully the seasons beyond that.”

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