11th September 2017, 16:47
YATES PENS DEAL FOR 2018
Danny Yates has become the second player to extend his contract for another season, as he joins Rob Massam in committing for the 2018 season.
Rochdale Hornets have secured the services of halfback Danny Yates for the 2018 season, as he has penned a one-year extension with the club.
The 23-year-old has been with the club since 2015, however his debut came in 2013 while on dual-registration, as he scored twice in a 54-10 victory away to Gloucestershire All Golds.
During that time he has made 86 appearances, and was pivotal in the Hornets’ promotion to the Championship as he scooped the League 1 young player of the year award.
With seven tries under his belt this campaign, Yates has been influential once again this season and he has been rewarded with another year at The Crown Oil Arena.
Head coach Alan Kilshaw is delighted to have retained him for 2018, when he is expecting even more improvements his halfback.
“Each year Danny has improved,” he commented, “and I think 2018 will be his best season yet.
“He is a really likeable person and someone I enjoy working with.
“He is a great professional.”
Making the step up from League 1, a division where Yates scored 33 tries over three seasons, can be very tough.
Kilshaw insists he has held his own in the Championship though, and now is the time for him to be putting together consistent performances to reach the next level.
“I think he has adjusted well. He is up to the physical elements of the Championship and now just needs to find that level of consistency in his game week in week out.
“I can see Danny having a big impact next season, with another pre-season under his belt he will improve even more.”
The Hornets boss also hinted at the possibility of Yates being a part of next year’s leadership group, as he praised his qualities in that area.
“I imagine Danny will be part of the leadership group next season,” continued Kilshaw.
“He has stepped up this year in the absence of other players and shown some really good leadership skills.
“He has also taken over the goal kicking duties and has found consistency in this over the past few weeks.”