Brothers commit to Rochdale

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Brothers Declan and Lewis Sheridan have both signed new contracts to keep them at Rochdale Hornets for the 2020 season.

Lewis signed in the middle of the 2019 season from amateur side Rochdale Mayfield and scored two tries in 12 games. He is in his second spell with the club, having also played for the club in 2014.

Meanwhile, Declan has plenty of experience in the amateur game, having represented England at Community Level from U18s, U23s and Open Age.

“I’m happy to sign for my hometown club and to have the opportunity to play at a higher level,” Declan told the club website.

“It’s a tough challenge and one I’m really looking forward to.

“To have a coach of Matt’s calibre was a big draw as we have a good relationship and he knows how I play, so I’m hoping for a positive year as a team and individually.”

On the announcements, Head Coach Matt Calland added: “Declan has achieved so much in the amateur game having represented England Community Lions Under 18’s to Canada and England Lions Under 23’s at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, and the BARLA open age to Fiji.

“It is now the right time for him to challenge himself at a higher level. He is an exciting player with his darting runs from dummy half and a great turn of speed.

“Lewis was at St. Helens as a kid on their scholarship, and was captain of Mayfield last season. He has also represented England Lions on a tour to Fiji and is a very versatile player who knows where the try line is.”

In addition, supporters have approved the sale of the club to a consortium led by former Swinton Lions owner Andy Mazy.

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