Haven sign Thunder’s Coates on loan
Whitehaven Rugby League can today announce the loan signing of half back Dan Coates from fellow Betfred Championship club Newcastle Thunder for the next month.
Following the loss of loanee half back Cesar Rouge this week the club moved quickly to strengthen Jonty Gorley’s squad ahead of this weekend’s derby clash vs Barrow Raiders. Coates (22) started the season down in the capital with London Broncos making four appearances before making the journey back north to join Thunder making six appearances.
Head coach Jonty Gorley spoke saying “
I nearly signed Dan at the start of this season only for him to try his luck down in the capital with London, which I can understand being an attraction for a young lad.
Dan will take some pressure off Nikau in the kicking department as he has a good kicking game. Add to this Dan is quite a smart player with ball in hand, so hopefully we will see Dan at his best.
Director Ashley Kilpatrick revealed the club had previously unsuccessfully chased Coates but was glad to get his man at last saying “ We’re delighted to welcome Dan for the next month as he is a half myself and jonty have pursued for a long time. We tried to sign Dan before he went to london broncos at the start of the season and we tried to sign him again before he went back to Newcastle when he left London, so it’s third times a charm for us. He’s a young half with a good kicking game on him scored a lot of points when playing for coventry in 2021.
Thanks to Jordan Robinson and Dennis Betts for making the move happen.”