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A move to North Wales Crusaders “really appealed” to new signing Dec Gregory.

The hooker switched from Championship club Rochdale Hornets a couple of weeks back and made his Crusaders debut in the defeat to Newcastle Thunder.

Although his first appearance didn’t go as he would have liked in terms of the result, he has enjoyed his time at the club so far.

“Training has been good and I don’t think there’s much difference between League 1 and the Championship,” Gregory said.

“The physicality is the same as we’re all still men, but the Championship is probably just that little bit quicker.

“Every game in this division is competitive and the points are always there to play for.

“It was a disappointing result against Newcastle, but there aren’t many 60-point games in League 1 and you always have a chance of picking up the points.”

On his move to Crusaders, he said: “I’d been in talks with Rochdale about getting out of my contract there.

“I know probably six or seven lads here and, once I’d spoken to Anthony Murray, the move really appealed to me.

“There’s a good set of lads here and we haven’t been far away with results.

“We’ve lost a couple of matches by a few points and we’ve definitely been competitive throughout the season.

“When you look at the Newcastle result, everything bounced right for them on the day.

“They’re a really good team and I don’t think they’ll be far off the top at the end of the season.

“Whitehaven is going to be another good test for us as they’re going well, but I’m really looking forward to it and I think we’ll give them a good game up in Cumbria.”