South Wales Scorpions have promoted another player from last year’s South Wales Academy sides in Merthyr Tydfil born Daniel Parry.
The 20-year old half-back played for the under 20s side last year as well as turning out for University of Glamorgan and Wales Students in the 2013 Festival of World Cups.
A rugby union player with Treharris RFC from youth, he started playing Rugby League in 2011 with his university and was part of the side that were runners up in the national BUCS Shield in 2012 before winning the competition the year after.
He played club Rugby League for Treharris Phoenix and then Valley Cougars before joining the South Wales Academy set-up last season.
And like team-mate Owain Davies, Parry is looking forward to hopefully taking on a family member this year.
Daniel’s older cousin Steve Parry (pictured centre, next to Dan who is on Steve's left as we look at the picture), is still the record scorer for the Scorpions but now he is playing for their local rivals Gloucestershire All Golds after recently signing a two year contract.
However injury could hold up their first potential meeting of the season next month in Cheltenham.
“I’m really pleased to have signed a contract with the Scorpions,” he said. “I worked hard throughout last summer and also during pre-season in order to gain a contract. This is a major step up for me and a great challenge that I am looking forward to taking on. I’m looking to get plenty of game time, and develop my skills and all round play and attributes, I will gain valuable experience and knowledge from the senior players.
“I'm very excited about the opportunity of coming up against my cousin Steven as it would the first time we've played against each other. I’m sure there will be family rivalry and bragging rights are on the line, but the main objective during the games will be to get the win.
“I hope due to the injury and operation he had during the latter end of last season, that he can get back into shape and be able to play against me.”
South Wales Scorpions season tickets start at just £5 for juniors and go up to £70 for adults, and can be bought by going to www.scorpionsrl.com. Match tickets for their first game of the season when they entertain Oldham Roughyeds on Sunday 2nd March, can also be bought.