Anthony `AJ’ Boardman is delighted to have been offered a further one-year deal at Hunslet after having arrived late in the professional game.  

Boardman, 30, joined the Parksiders last year from top amateur outfit Dewsbury Moor Maroons and the utility man made an immediate impact with his wholly positive and committed attitude.  

Head coach Gary Thornton said: “AJ’s development during his short time with us has been fantastic and has earned him a further contract.  

His enthusiasm and energy is a real bonus, and he has a real desire to establish himself at League 1 level”.  

Thornton added: “He made the step up from amateur rugby seamlessly and has a lot to offer next season. AJ needs to keep progressing and learning, and will surely become a regular in the first team.  

He’s an absolute joy to coach because of his thirst for knowledge and desire to improve, and is another key signing for us”. 

Boardman said: “It’s exciting to be at Hunslet. Things were going very well at the start of the season, and we were top of the table, but the coronavirus pandemic stopped us all in our tracks, including me.  

So I‘m delighted to be able to carry on where I left off, especially under Gary Thornton, who is a coach who works hard at improving all his players, individually and collectively.  

It means a lot that he’s shown such faith in me, and I’ll be working hard to cement my place in the side when we return to action”.