Jack Cottington has extended his stay at North Wales Crusaders by a further season.

The prop joined Crusaders ahead of the 2020 campaign and made a couple of appearances before the season was cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cottington, who featured in the academy at Super League clubs St Helens, Warrington Wolves and Salford Red Devils, had spells in the semi-professional ranks with both Whitehaven and Rochdale Hornets prior to joining North Wales.

On his new deal, Cottington said: “I’m buzzing to be staying here. I didn’t want to go anywhere else.

“It’s a real family club and like a breath of fresh air. There are a lot of things that the club and coaches do for us players that people don’t notice.

“2020 was an awful year for everyone and, hopefully, we’ll be able to bring a smile to people’s faces next season.

“After how we were looking in training and those first couple of matches in 2020, it’s a shame the season came to an end when it did, but we need to focus on 2021 and aim to make those play-offs.

“We’ve missed out on them over the last couple of years, but that’s got to be our aim. I don’t think anybody’s going to be underestimate us as we’ve shown exactly what we’re capable of.”

Crusaders head coach Anthony Murray added: “We’re really pleased with how our squad is coming together for 2021 and it’s great to have Jack on board for another year.

“Like a lot of our new signings ahead of 2020, we didn’t get much chance to see them in action, but Jack featured heavily in the early part of the season and gave us some impact off the bench.

“I’m looking forward to working with Jack once again in 2021 and seeing what he can bring to the side.

“He’s a young lad who has been in some good systems and has some experience playing at this level now.”

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