Keighley Cougars have announced that winger Josh Slingsby has signed a deal with the club for the remainder of the 2021 season.
Slingsby has been on trial at the club since his release from Wakefield Trinity at the end of 2020. He was born in Keighley, and began his rugby league journey with Keighley Albion.
However, the cancellation of the reserve and academy leagues led to his release from the Super League side. Since then, he started training with the club.
After impressing in training, Josh was given a chance to prove himself further in the matchday environment in the Joe Phillips Memorial Trophy defeat to Bradford Bulls earlier this month.
Reacting to the news, Head Coach Rhys Lovegrove said: “Josh is a very athletic young man who is eager to learn.
“Since coming to the club on trial he has improved week in and week out and has great pedigree after coming through the systems at Keighley Albion and Wakefield.
“It shows the great work being done by Keighley Albion that players such as Josh, Morgan Robinson, and Bobby Darbyshire, have now come to the Cougars and followed in the footsteps of the likes of Buster, Josh Lynam, and Alfie Seeley, by deciding that their hometown club is the right step for their careers.
“As Head Coach, I am really excited about continuing the process now of bringing through, and continuing to develop, this local young talent and bringing them back into the town with the Cougars.”
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