BEARS have stepped up their recruitment drive ahead of their first season as a semi-professional club with the signing of Matt Reid and three loan players from Hull.
Preparations continue for the club’s debut season in Kingstone Press League One with the signing of North Wales Crusaders back row Matt Reid.
The Warrington-based forward had found himself on the fringes of the Crusaders squad and has made the move to the Butts Park Arena in search of first team action.
“We have recently picked up a number of injuries to our back row players.” said Bears head coach Tom Tsang. “None of the injuries are long term but we were concerned that we were looking a little depleted in that position.
“Matt became available and because he covers the positions we require and he is known to a number of our current players it was a good fit.
“He is a big unit which is another quality we need and has a decent turn of speed. He will be available for selection in our first game on Friday and could be a good option, should we decide he has settled in OK at training.”
The club have also announced this week the signings of three young hot prospects from Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers.
Hooker Connor Robinson, full back Josh Guzdek and winger Matthew Marsh have all joined on a one month loan and all three are highly rated Hull’s first team squad.
The trio have made a handful of appearance for Hull and join in time for the start of the new season which begins this Friday when Bears take on Oxford tomorrow (Good Friday) at the Butts Park Arena.
Tsang added: “I am over the moon to secure these three young players to strengthen the squad ahead of our first match against Oxford.
“The opportunity arose to bring the three lads to Coventry through some contacts at the Super League outfit and it was an easy decision to have them join us.
“The lads cover a number of key positions and give us some much needed depth at a crucial time.
“The three players have trained last week and will be with us again this week and so will come into immediate consideration for selection for Friday’s game which will give me and the other coaches some difficult decisions which is a great place to be in.”
Tickets for Friday’s match against Oxford (3pm) are priced at £10 for adults, £8 concessions and £2 for children. Tickets can be purchased on the gate.