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Bears add talented new blood

New signings sure to add creative excitement

Things are hotting up at the club with the addition of some fantastic new signings which we hope will inject some creative excitement into our squad for next season. Our coaching staff takes us through the new additions below.

Brad Smith in action

Brad Smith in action

Brad Smith (Hooker/ Half/ Loose Forward)

Tom Tsang on Brad Smith;

"Brad has come to us highly recommended from a number of sources, and already knows a number of the current squad due to his time with the Warrington Wolves U19's Academy. He has just returned to the UK from a year playing in Australia in a tough Queensland competition. He is a very high quality hooker, he is a strong defender and has a good kicking game. Brad can also cover the pivot positions plus loose forward if required."

Brad said;

“I am really excited to join the Bears I think they are a club with huge potential and ambition, I'm cannot wait to meet all my new team mates and for pre-season to start and put in good performances on the field”


Will Roper

Will Roper

Will Roper (Fullback/ Wing/ Half)

Bears Assistant Coach Jonny Tuson commented;

“The signing of Will Roper will add more quality to the Bears squad for 2017. Will's development in Rugby League has been swift, only converting from Rugby Union at 17. In his first year of League Will went on to represent England Colleges against France. he later went on to represent GB Students Pioneers before heading to Sydney to play for Wenty magpies in the Ron Massey Cup.  Will has excellent core skills, is a great kicker and is as tough as any forward. His favoured position is Full back but is equally adept to playing wing or half.”

Will commented;

“After returning home to the UK from a season playing in the Ron Massey cup in Sydney, Australia, I feel that Coventry is the right place for me to further improve my game.

After speaking to some of the players and coaches currently at Coventry I feel certain I can contribute to the overall team performance and ultimately the league position at the end of the season.  I'm really looking forward to starting a new chapter in my playing career where I can develop even more as a player”

Lewis Fairhurst

Lewis Fairhurst

Lewis Fairhurst (Halfback)

Tom Tsang on Lewis Fairhurst;

"Lewis is young, up and coming scrum half. with a lot of potential. He has previously played for St Helens U19's and more recently Salford. Lewis was looking for an opportunity to progress his career. He was in demand from a number of clubs in League 1 and so we are very pleased to have secured his services for 2017. Despite his young age, I expect his experience to shine through and look forward to working with him."

Lewis said;

"I believe that Coventry have offered me a great opportunity to develop as a rugby league player. I wanted to have that chance at playing at a good standard to progress my career and I believe I can achieve that with Coventry and with the coaching staff and players brought in I believe we can raise the profile of the club and hopefully be successful in the upcoming season"

Cian Timmins

Cian Timmins

Cian Timmins (Halfback/ Loose Forward)

Jonny Tuson on Cian Timmins;

“Cian has signed for the Bears from Halifax. He is a young half back who is also very capable of playing in the back row. He possesses a good kicking game and also has the ability to be a run treat. With Danny Price and Jimmy Redman moving on after last year we needed to add depth to our selection of half backs.

In Cian, the coaching staff feel as though we have brought someone in who is not only going to perform well on the field but also add a lot to the culture of the Club. We are looking forward to Cian starting preseason with us and helping further his development.”

Cian Said;

“I am delighted to have signed for the Bears, this is a really good opportunity for me to play some senior first team rugby league and I'm looking forward to the challenge. 

I have played against a few League 1 sides in friendlies and on Dual Registration and I'm excited to rip in this year.”

All of our new signings as well as many of our retained players are now available for player sponsorship so please contact us on for details.

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