Hunslet pair commit to club

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Hunslet pair Tom Ashton and Ben Heaton will play for the club in 2020 after confirming their contracts.

Ashton, who plays in the centres, scored 10 tries in 18 matches for the Parksiders last season.

He told the club website: “I’m delighted to do what I can to help Hunslet. Gary Thornton and the club gave me a helping hand a couple of years ago when I was out of the game, and I won’t forget that.

“This is my way of giving something back in return, over and above what I might be able to contribute on the field of play.

“My work, dealing with electrical suppliers, gives me a chance to talk to potential backers, and I’ve got a couple more in the pipeline.”

Heaton, who is also a centre, returns after an injury lay-off due to an accident at work that left him with a damaged thumb.

He played 13 games for the South Leeds side before picking up his injury.

The 29-year-old said: “The tendon in my thumb snapped and had to be replaced with a tendon from one of my fingers.

“My thumb was just hanging floppy but I’ve now fully recovered.

“The last few weeks of last season were frustrating. I’d been going well until the injury, in fact I’d been vying with Gareth Potts to finish the year as top try-scorer. I might just have achieved that, but the injury stopped me in my tracks.

“The worse thing was having to watch from the sidelines, unable to do anything to help as we fell away a bit towards the end of the campaign.”

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