Depledge has pledged his future to Fylde RFC

Wharfedale's Simon Horsfall catches Otley's Stephen Depledge
Wharfedale's Simon Horsfall catches Otley's Stephen Depledge
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FYLDE rugby club have continued their team-building following promotion by agreeing terms with scrum-half Steve Depledge.

The Yorkshire county No.9 is teaming up with Fylde from Otley, who were relegated last season from National League One, the division the Woodlands club are joining next season.

It was Depledge who approached Fylde about coming to the Woodlands – one of a number of players attracted to the club with a policy of promoting attack-based, free-flowing rugby.

Fylde have a gap to fill at scrum-half after Craig Aikman’s departure to Fleetwood.

Coach Mark Nelson said: “Another of our scrum-halves, Callum McShane, will no doubt get his chance but he is a work in progress. We have Martin Wallwork, who is already a valuable and experienced player on our books.

“Steve Collins can also play scrum-half, as he showed for us in the County Championship, though he is primarily a fly-half.

“Depledge has a good pedigree and we will look at him in the pre-season.

“We have had good reports about him and it’s a pity we didn’t get the chance to see him play for Yorkshire against Lancashire recently, when he was injured.”

Fylde are continuing to talk to a back five forward and a back.

They were very much interested in Broughton Park’s North of England Under-20 winger Jamie Harrison.

However, he has agreed to join Sedgley Park.