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Titans trio extend deals at Clifton Lane

Rotherham Titans are delighted to announce a further three players from the current squad have penned deals which will see them remain at Clifton Lane until the summer of 2014.

The forward trio of Gareth Denman, Ben Thomas and Dan Sanderson have all put pen to paper, bringing the total of retained players up to nine for the 2013-14 season. This follows the recent announcements of Marshall Gadd, Barney Maddison, Charlie Mulchrone and Lee Blackett who have all extended their contracts. In addition, Garry Law and Harry Hannan currently have contracts taking them through to the end of next season.

Commenting on the news Titans Head Coach Alex Codling revealed, “I’m delighted that the three boys have made the commitment to extend their stay. Ben Thomas came on board just after I arrived at the club and I’ve been delighted with the impact that he’s had on the team. He’s always been a player with huge potential and we are starting to see some of that potential being fulfilled; I’m looking forward to that continuing into next season.

“You have to give the current playing group a huge amount of credit, because it’s never easy when someone comes in from the outside two thirds the way through the season. But Ben has settled in really well and credit goes to the playing squad in helping Ben through his transitional period. Ben’s also established a very good partnership with Dan Sanderson in the second row. They’ve been working really well together in terms of the set piece and around the field.

“Dan Sanderson had a difficult season last year at Moseley, it was a bit fragmented for him and he had a couple of disciplinary issues. But since I’ve been here he’s been outstanding, both in terms of the set piece and as a guy who really wants to push himself to the next level. In the air he’s dynamic and I think in terms of Titans player of the season up to this point, you’d have to have Dan Sanderson in the reckoning.

“Gareth Denman came here as a loose head prop and he’s made the switch over to tight head; which is notoriously a very difficult transition to make. It’s like learning to write with the hand you don’t normally use, it’s totally foreign. But again, Gareth is making huge progress and I was delighted with his performance against Jersey last week. Jersey are touted as having a scrum which is up there with the very best in the division and last week Gareth was part of an outstanding front row that put the Jersey scrum under an enormous amount of pressure. Additionally, around the park he’s very athletic, very dynamic and he’s a real threat with ball in hand.”

Alex concluded by adding, “I’m happy with how our recruitment is progressing for next season, it’s an ongoing process and we are speaking to a number of other players within the group. It’s inevitable that some players will leave at the end of the season; that happens at all clubs. However, I am pleased with where we are at the moment and our aim is to keep that going.”