Ovenden’s Jones hoping to recruit Brocklehurst

OVENDEN coach Gareth Jones hopes to have the former Halifax, Salford and Barrow professional Andrew Brocklehurst in his side for tomorrow’s trip to Featherstone Lions in Division Two of the National Conference.

Brocklehurst starred for Halifax Irish during their massively successful Pennine League season, but is now on the verge of rejoining his junior club for the summer.

“Hopefully we’ll have Brock signed on by the weekend,” said Jones, who played alongside the prop or back rower in Halifax’s Academy side.

“He would be a great signing for us; he’s big, strong and quick.

“He can play prop or back row, but I see him as a strike player, someone to get on the end of moves close to the line.”

Jones has already snapped up Brocklehurst’s Irish teammate Nick Cassell, with the rangy forward filling the gap left by an injury by another front rower, Tom Palmer.

Palmer broke his thumb in Ovenden’s last game, against Eastmoor a fortnight ago, and is now expected to be out for the rest of the season.

“Tom’s snapped his thumb in two or three places, so that’s it for him,” said Jones.