Rochdale Hornets sign Liam Bent on loan from Widens Vikings

Date published: 12 April 2024

Rochdale Hornets have brought in Widnes Vikings utility forward Liam Bent on an initial four-week loan.

The 26-year-old spent time in Salford’s academy earlier in his career before going on to join North Wales Crusaders and Oldham on loan.

Bent would go on to secure a permanent move to Oldham and made just short of 100 appearances for the Roughyeds over a five-season spell, helping the club secure promotion to the Betfred Championship in 2019.

He joined the Vikings ahead of the 2022 season and has made 28 appearances for the club to date.

However, just one of Bent’s three appearances in 2024 has been from the start - that match being a 50-16 victory over Doncaster in the third round of the Betfred Challenge Cup in February.

The tough-tackling forward, who is capable of operating at loose forward or second-row, will now make the move to the Crown Oil Arena to boost his game time.

He becomes the second Vikings player to link up with the Hornets on a short-term basis, following in the footsteps of outside back Lloyd Roby who joined last week on a four-week loan.

Rochdale Hornets chairman Andy Mazey said: “With the Injury situation, suspensions and some inconsistencies in certain aspects, Gary was keen to address a few things and get another forward through the door.

“Benty is an athletic, hard-working and experienced Championship forward who gives 100% in everything he does, and his performances are always consistent.

“I’m once again grateful to Allan Coleman and Chris Hamilton over at Widnes for allowing another valuable squad member to join up with us on loan.”

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