Fylde sign Rossendale winger

Anthony Bingham playing for Lancashire at Twickenham

Anthony Bingham playing for Lancashire at Twickenham

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Fylde RFC have signed winger Anthony Bingham from National Three North club Rossendale.

The 30-year-old left winger has enjoyed a varied sporting career, including spells as a professional American football player, a semi-pro footballer and a rugby league player.

Nicknamed ‘Bingo’, Bingham’s exploits for the Marl Pits club earned him a call-up to the Lancashire squad for last season’s County Championship, and he became the first Rossendale player to represent the Red Rose in the Twickenham final, which they lost to Cornwall.

A sport and business graduate, Halifax-born Bingham has built a successful career as a personal trainer in Manchester.

He has also lived in Australia, Germany and the USA, playing as a striker for Bradford Park Avenue, Altrincham and Mossley FC.

Having gone to the USA on a football scholarship, he switched to gridiron and represented Dresden Monarchs in Germany before returning to the UK 2008 and signing for Oldham RL. He also had a stint with North Sydney in Australia.

Bingham clearly caught the eye of Lancashire’s ex-Fylde coach Mark Nelson and has also impressed new Fylde team boss Paul Arnold.

Bingham said: “I’m very excited by the challenge of stepping up two divisions and testing myself against the quality players in National One.

“I know a number of the Fylde players through the Lancashire connection, so I feel at home.”