RUGBY LEAGUE: COVENTRY Bears have swooped to sign two highly rated youngsters as preparations for the 2018 season continue.
Coach Tom Tsang has announced Dante Samuels and Peter Ryan as members of his squad for next season, and the pair arrive with strong CVs attached to their names.
Eighteen-year-old Samuels will become a regular figure at Coventry having signed a three-year deal with the club while studying for a degree at Coventry University.
Samuels is most at home as outside back, though can adapt to play in the centres, fullback, or wing positions.
Coach Tsang said: “I am excited to see what Dante can achieve with the Bears.
“We first saw him in action playing in an England College trial match at the Butts. He really stood out.
“Since then we have stayed in contact and eventually worked with Dante and Coventry University to bring him to the midlands.”
Meanwhile Irish prospect Peter Ryan has also joined the Butts Park Arena club having played his first rugby league fixture just three years ago.
Ryan has represented his country in the Student Rugby League World Cup in Australia and – like Samuels – joins Coventry Bears having linked up with Coventry University.
Following a successful trial, Ryan joins the club with high hopes.
He said: “Getting the chance to play in such a professional environment is a massive opportunity.
“I’m looking forward to proving myself and having the chance to play at a high level week in week out against players that have played all their lives and hope that my efforts help the Bears this year.
“I want to earn my place in the squad, develop myself as a player both physically and in terms of rugby league awareness.”