Lee Greenwood has handed 27-year-old centre Jamie Laing his first professional contract after impressing at last month’s trial game and during the first month of pre-season training.

Laing, who lives in Trelewis in South Wales, began his rugby league career playing for the army. Predominantly a centre he is also comfortable at second row. He says his involvement in pre-season training has helped him develop his skill set. He said: “I’ve really enjoyed these past few weeks, it’s great to get into a new team and learn more about the game and the areas where I’ve been going wrong. Getting used to the higher level of training has really benefited my game.”

“My favourite position is probably centre as it’s where I’ve played most of the time, however since then I have migrated all over the field playing every position except prop! I’ll play wherever I’m asked to.”

Looking ahead to the new campaign Laing says his main aim will be to secure a place in the match day squad. “Obviously that’ll be my number one target. I know they’ll be a lot of hard work ahead but I’m confident in my ability. I’m really looking forward to working under Lee, Anthony and Dan, they are very good coaches who know the game well. They have a great understanding of the technical aspects of the game and have a clear aim what they expect from us players in the 2017 season. It’s been great learning from them and I’m really looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

All Golds head coach Lee Greenwood is backing Laing to make a big impression in 2017. He said: “Jamie impressed the coaching staff at November’s open trial. We have had a look at him in training for the last couple of weeks and he has done well. He is a good size and he adds nicely to our squad. He will provide cover at centre and second row and I think he could be a surprise package for us.”