Crusaders sign Saints youngster Hazzard

Callum Hazzard, who spent 2019 on loan at North Wales Crusaders from Super League side St Helens, has returned to the club on a permanent basis ahead of the 2021 campaign.

Despite the 21-year-old’s loan spell at Crusaders being his first real taste of senior rugby league, he consistently impressed for the Wrexham club and was one of the stand-out performers in 2019.

In his 18 appearances for North Wales, Hazzard crossed for five tries and was called back to Saints towards the end of the campaign.

On returning to Wrexham, Hazzard said: “As soon as I got the message from Andy Moulsdale and Muzza, I was really keen and ready to get going again.

“2019 was a huge season for me as I managed to make my Super League debut on the back of playing at Crusaders.

“Without those games at League 1 level, I would never have done that. I showed I was capable of competing against blokes and it mentally prepared me as well.”

North Wales head coach Anthony Murray added: “We’re delighted to have Callum back with us for the 2021 season.

“He was fantastic for us in 2019 and the fact Saints handed him his Super League debut shows the difference he made while he was at Crusaders.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Callum again and I’ve no doubt he’ll be an important player for us in 2021.”

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