Celtic Crusaders set for new era

After missing promotion in the closest of circumstances last season, Welsh club Celtic Crusaders have launched their 2007 season by announcing a new sponsor, a Super League experienced fitness coach, and 11 new player signings.

The Crusaders will host Windes Vikings and Brisbane Broncos for friendly games in February, and are looking to gain promotion to National League One for next season, to keep alive their goal of Superleague status in 2009.

Celtic Crusaders new signings for 2007 are: Terry Martin (Second Row, Age 26, signed from Canberra Raiders) Darren Mapp (Second Row, Age 26, signed from Cronulla Sharks) Neil Budworth (Hooker, Age 24, signed from Harlequins RL) Craig Richards (Winger, Age 28, signed from Llanelli RU) Anthony Blackwood (Centre, Age 24, signed from Halifax) Mark Dalle Cort (Centre, Age 24, signed from North Queensland Cowboys) Rob Toshack (Centre, Age 27, signed from Manly Sea-Eagles) Josh Cale (Prop, Age 24, signed from Canterbury Bulldogs) Paul Ballard (Winger, Age 22, signed from Leigh Centurions) Andy Boothroyd (Hooker, Age 22, signed from Batley Bulldogs) Jamie I