North Wales Crusaders are pleased to announce they have secured the signing of hugely experienced prop Ryan MacDonald on a one year deal from Workington Town.
MacDonald retired shortly before the end of the 2011 campaign but then had a change of heart, re-signed for ‘Town, and helped them to win promotion last summer. Despite a number of other options, Ryan decided to trade West Cumbria for North Wales, with the hope of achieving two promotions from the division in as many years.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in Wrexham, I’ve been around the game for a long time but still think I’ve got a lot to offer in Championship One. I know a few of the lads and will be playing with Andy Gorski, who I played with at Whitehaven so it’s always nice to have one or two familiar faces.”
The 34-year-old powerhouse moved to Leeds recently and will start work shortly with children with behavioural problems in the city, but is commited to travelling over to North Wales and having a final swansong in professional rugby. MacDonald initially signed for Leeds Rhinos from west Cumbrian amateurs Glasson Rangers and spent time in Super League with Widnes before stints with Bramley, Dewsbury, Halifax, Whitehaven and Workington.
Commenting on the signing Head Coach Clive Griffiths said “Ryan has about as much experience as you can get and is still highly rated throughout the game as a no nonsense, impact player. We need to be competitive in every game next year, so we need to have quality running right throughout the squad and Ryan certain ticks all the boxes.”
Meanwhile Season Ticket sales have been continuing at a pace, with a month and a half to run before the end of the Early Bird Season Ticket offer on December 15th.