Workington Town have secured the services of former Wigan, Hull FC and Hull KR back rower Danny Tickle for 2019, making the jump from full-time Super League rugby to part-time Betfred League One play with Leon Pryce’s team.
Boasting over 400 professional appearances since making his debut in 2000 for Halifax, 35-year-old Tickle brings vast experience to a Workington team who only failed to achieve promotion at the last hurdle in 2018. Last season saw the Manchester-born forward turn out 26 times for Tim Sheens’ KR team as they secured Super League survival via The Qualifiers and, with further stints with Widnes, Castleford and Leigh under his belt in the top flight, Pryce is confident that Tickle’s experience will be of huge benefit to Town. “Danny is a fantastic addition to the squad.“He has many years’ experience in Super League and is a top professional,” he told the club’s official website, adding that “playing at the highest level will be of benefit to the squad in what is a tough league.”
Keen to look at a possible future after rugby, Tickle was keen to move to part-time rugby. “Since finishing with Hull KR I’ve had a bit of time out with my family to think about my next move. After many years playing full time rugby league I decided it was time to transition into a part time environment,” he explained. “My body still feels good and I train every day at the gym so I’m in good shape for the start of the season.” After experiencing periods with clubs on both the east and west sides of the country, Tickle further added that the opportunity and challenge of playing part-time in Cumbria was something which was attractive to him.
After losing both the League One promotion play-off final and the following Championship decider to Bradford Bulls and Swinton Lions respectively, Pryce and Tickle will be keen to guide Workington to a successful 2019 campaign.