Hunslet RLFC’s new coach Dean Muir has moved to make some exciting new signings as well as securing the services of existing ‘enforcers’.
Former Keighley Cougars wing man Keenan Dyer-Dixon has been signed for the 2024 season. The 20 year old has featured for the Cougars over the last two seasons prior to which he turned out for the Leeds Academy.
Dyer-Dixon will bring pace to the flanks and being previously at Keighley Cougars will be well known to new head Coach Dean Muir. Keenan received the nickname ‘Tik Tok’ at Cougar Park and will hope to become a firm favourite with the Hunslet faithful also.
Hunslet have also snapped up West Bowling ARLFC half-back star Harry Williams. The 24 year old is highly rated by Muir who worked with him previously at West Bowling.
“I tried to sign Harry for Keighley, he is a half-back with a great kicking game and a threat with ball in hand. He is someone who understands our systems and after talking to him he bought into what we are trying to achieve” said Muir.
After a few years in the amateur game Harry has stepped up another level into League 1 with Hunslet and is looking forward to the challenge of showing his skills at this level.
Another former Cougar, forward Aidan Scully, has also signed. The former Dudley Hill, Shaw Cross and Stanningley man is a utility forward and is described as a “Strike edge player. He is someone who carries hard, and tackles hard. A tough player with subtle skill” by his new Coach.
Scully will add power to the Hunslet pack and should be a good character to have around the changing room.
Hunslet have retained the services of three of last season’s most impressive performers in the shape of Harvey Hallas, Josh Jordan-Roberts and Lewis Wray. Hallas (a former supporters Player of the Season) signs on for his fifth season whilst Jordan-Roberts (who played in every game last season) re-signs for a fourth season in his second spell at the club.
Lewis Wray, who was influential off the interchange bench suffered an injury late in the season and was missed in the Play-off eliminator.
All three players will be key to Coach Dean Muir’s side. Having previously coached Hallas at Keighley Muir will know the forwards strengths whilst Jordan-Roberts and Wray’s reputations go before them.
The players stressed they would like to ‘right the wrongs’ of last season, where having finished in the best position the club has finished in over ten years the play-off campaign ended in disappointment.
Photo: New signings (L-R) Keenan Dyer-Dixon, Harry Williams and Aidan Scully
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