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Morgan Punchard Signs New Cornwall Deal

December 22, 2023

Morgan Punchard will return in 2024 – Cornwall Sports Media

Cornwall RLFC are delighted to announce that Morgan Punchard has signed a new contract, keeping him at the Memorial Ground for the 2024 Betfred League 1 season.

The 24-year-old made his Cornwall debut bow against eventual third tier champions Dewsbury in June, on loan from divisional rivals Hunslet.

After performing admirably against the Rams, Cornwall’s next game was against the Parksiders, with Punchard not able to play against his parent club, under the terms of his loan agreement.

However, the half-back wasn’t included in the Hunslet matchday 18 and before Cornwall took to the field again against London Skolars, Punchard had moved to the Mem on a permanent basis.

In total, Punchard made eight appearances for Cornwall in 2023, with 50 per cent of the matches he featured in were victories for the Choughs. 

“I was kicking my heels a bit after I went back to Hunslet once my loan spell had ended,” Punchard told cornwallrlfc.co.uk. “After playing just one game on loan, I could see what Cornwall were all about and I liked what I saw.

“The coach and back-room staff are doing a really good job and when I had the opportunity to come back for 2024, it was an offer I could not refuse. 

Punchard (left) made eight appearances last term – Cornwall Sports Media

“We are building a really good squad for 2024, to kick on again and I think the wins towards the back end of the season against Midlands (North Wales) Crusaders and Rochdale have really put Cornwall on the map.

“Some people might have thought that Cornwall would never beat a team from the heartlands but to do that after just two seasons shows what can be done if something is built in the right way.”

Meanwhile, Cornwall RLFC head coach Mike Abbott, added: “Morgan joining us from Hunslet last year was key in our good end to the campaign. He gave us some cover in the halves that we didn’t really have until he arrived and that will be the case again next season. 

“He’s got a good kicking game, is strong in defence and is a threat in attack – exactly the things you want your six or seven to have in their locker.”