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Saints sign Beaumont to beef up front row for next season
7:30am Thursday 8th August 2013 in Latest News
SAINTS have moved to beef up their front row still further for next season with the addition of Richard Beaumont from Hull KR.
The 25-year-old prop, who tips the scales at 16 stones, has agreed a two-year deal and will join fellow new signing Mose Masoe in jostling for the front row spots next term.
With good, solid front rowers in the game at a premium, Nathan Brown revealed that he had tracked the Robins prop since first spotting him this year.
Brown said: “Richard is a big lad with a lot of things going for him.
“We have followed him for a while and he didn’t seem on Hull KR’s radar which was good for us.
“He is a big strong kid. I’d like to think there are areas of game we can work on.
“He has had a tough time with injuries and this is his first year where he has done sequences of games together and got better and better.
“I am reliably informed that he played well against Wigan the other week which is a always good sign.
“He is a big kid that would have come to prominence earlier but for the injuries. He is keen and hungry and has some attributes that will help the team.”
Beaumont is a player few know much about – even though he has been solid on the occasions that he has played against Saints this year.
Brown continued: “When first watched him this year he caught the eye because I’d not really seen him before then when I did the background checks it showed he’d had a bad injury and not played.
“ We followed him and luckily have able to secure him.”
Saints will look more formidable in the front row department next term, not least because long term casualty Josh Perry – who has endured a bitterly disappointing three-year stay at Saints – will be no longer on the books.
He will be replaced by Masoe, and although heavyweight Tony Puletua will be departing for Salford, that will be offset with the continued progress of Alex Walmsley.
With the tweaks to Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook’s game currently paying dividends, the presence of the more mobile Anthony Laffranchi and the continued steady advance of youngsters Greg Richards, Anthony Walker and Joe Greenwood means that Saints heavy artillery already looks in better shape than it has done since the James Graham left such big boots to fill.
Saints chairman Eamonn McManus said: “We’re delighted to secure Richard’s signing.
“He will be a welcome addition to our forward line that has not only gained more experience during the course of 2013 but has been bolstered ahead of 2014.
“We’re sure that under the tutelage of Nathan Brown has his coaching staff that Richard will do well for the club and we are looking forward to having him on board.”