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2019 vice captain Karl Ashall has extended his stay at North Wales Crusaders, signing terms ahead of the new campaign.

After spells with Swinton Lions and Halifax, Ashall originally joined Crusaders alongside his brother Craig for the 2014 season.

North Wales were playing in the Championship at the time and the hooker impressed in the second tier during his first season at the club.

Ashall was a regular in the side once again in 2015, before moving to Barrow Raiders a couple of games into the 2016 campaign.

Following two and a half years at the Cumbrian club, the 29-year-old rejoined Crusaders midway through 2018 and has remained in Wrexham since.

He has so far racked up 79 club appearances for North Wales, crossing for 14 tries in the process.

On signing a deal new, Ashall said: “I’m really looking forward to getting back to it.

“I had a niggly year with injuries last season and it kept me on the sidelines a bit.

“It was a very positive year, even though it was a bit frustrating at the same time, and we have a lot to build on in 2020.

“We wanted to make that top six and we felt we should have made it.

“We’re capable of being in that top six so that’s the aim for next year and maybe we can push on that little bit further.

“The beginning of the season really did cost us and then we ran into a couple of injuries at the end of the season.

“You lose players every year and it’s the way the cookie crumbles.

“But, if we recruit well and all of the new players buy into the Crusaders way, we’ll give ourselves a great chance next season.

“It was certainly a tough division last season and it’ll be the same next year, but we’ll be ready for it.”