EXPERIENCE of life in National North Two has clearly influenced Wharfedale's latest batch of signings, as another trio join the club in one of their busiest ever pre-seasons.

Kristian Sharples, who played alongside Wharfedale prop Reece Ward in their junior days at Old Brodleians, has joined the club as a versatile winger/full back.

He has plenty of experience of playing in the division, having previously turned out for Otley and Huddersfield.

George Martin is a young prop who currently studies at Leeds Beckett University. He is also a former Huddersfield player.

He was recommended to Wharfedale by Dan Harrison , who coaches at Sedbergh, Martin's home town.

Wharfedale's other signing this week was an impressive one, as they had to fight off several clubs for his signature.

Ben Leacock is a giant six foot, eight inches second row from Kendal who was keen to step his rugby league education up a level.

He had been attracting interest from National League clubs in Lancashire but decided to join Wharfedale and has already admitted he is loving his experience at the club.

There are several old faces that will feel like new ones too at the club, as some long-term absentees make their way back into the first team fold during pre-season.

Will Davidson and Sam Gaudie had been out of action for a while after bad injuries, but they have made their return to training.

Furthermore, after two years out due to family commitments, Wharfedale can now welcome back fly half Will Bell to the team.

Ben Sowrey, Chris Walker and Sam Booker all signed for the club last week taking the number of close season Wharfedale signings to six.

At the current rate, the team that takes to the field in September could look very different to the one that completed the last campaign.

Regarding the Greens' pre-season training, the club have stated that they are happy with the progress that the players are making.

The club are keen for fans to come down and sample the energy and enthusiasm on show at training, which takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as Saturday mornings.