Betfred Championship team Rochdale have announced the signing of former Super League forward Stuart Howarth.
The 28-year-old boasts in excess of a hundred top flight matches and has joined Carl Forster in moving to the Lancashire club from Whitehaven in League One. Prior to playing for the Cumbrians, Howarth represented Wakefield, Salford, St Helens and Hull FC before moving to ‘Haven’s rivals Workington. While predominantly being a hooker, the Wigan academy product is able to cover at loose-forward and in the halves.
Of his move to the Hornets, Howarth said “speaking with Carl made it pretty straight forward. He’s a great coach, and easy to play with. He combines the role of player-coach really well.” He further added that “I’m made up he asked me to come to the club. I can’t wait to get started!”
Forster, who was recently announced as Rochdale’s new head coach for 2019, explained his belief that Howarth’s signing is a big one for the club. “Stu is a real quality signing for us, he brings a lot of experience and great leadership,” he said. “This is a real statement from the club to secure a player of his calibre. He Is great to work with and I’m looking forward to seeing him in a Hornets shirt.”