Cornwall RLFC will hold an open trial for prospective players on Sunday, January 9 at the Memorial Ground, Penryn.

The trial will be an important milestone for the club as they look to mould a squad for the 2022 Betfred League One season.

The teams ethos both in the short and long term is for the club to grow using Cornish players, along with those that are currently based in the Duchy. It is hoped that this trial will go a long way towards delivering on the core aim of their squad composition.

Head coach of Cornwall RLFC Neil Kelly will oversee the trial day and he is urging any prospective players to come along to showcase what would have been, before the club’s formation, a previously unseen talent.

The former Super League Coach of the Year enthused: “If ever you have sat and watched a game of rugby league and thought ‘I could play that game, I would really like to play that game and it looks like a good game to play’, then I can guarantee you that it really is.

“If you are that person, with some rugby pedigree behind you, then I suggest you come down to Penryn on January 9 and make yourself available. You will get more than a good welcome and a real chance to put your skills on show in a trial game. We are really looking forward to it and we expect members of our squad to come from this trial game.

“Everyone will be treated with the appropriate seriousness. We are looking forward to tapping into this untapped seam of talent that Cornwall offers rugby league.”

Describing how the trial day will be structured, Kelly added: “The players will have to go through a warm-up and rudimentary game plan. However, there is nothing like playing the game and I will be watching players who grasp the lines of running, defence, footwork and showing a player before putting another into space.

“Players will also need to show the basics such as passing and handling skills, but I will see that best in a game itself. The real meat in the sandwich will be to see players in a game situation on the day.”