Matty Beharrell arrived at Cougar Park in October 2016 to become Craig Lingard’s 7th new signing following his appointment as Head Coach.
An exciting half-back, Beharrell began his career at Hull Kingston Rovers, coming through in the same academy side as former Cougars trio Josh Guzdek, Aaron Ollett and Sonny Esslemont.
Beharrell made his Rovers debut, his only appearance for the Robins, aged just 19 in a 84-6 defeat away Wigan Warriors in April 2013 and in the process took Leeds legend Rob Burrow’s unusual record of being the smallest player to ever play in Super League standing at just 5 feet and 4 inches tall.
With chances limited at the KC Lightstream Stadium, Beharrell joined Gateshead Thunder in 2014 on dual registration terms, becoming a regular in the side and a key part of Stanley Gene’s side as they made the League One Play-Offs and with Matty himself claiming a place in the League One Team of the Year.
With Thunder moving to Newcastle, Beharrell made his move to the North-East a permanent one and continued to impress for the Thunder, finishing a disappointing season for the club with personal accolades as he was crowned the 2015 Kingstone Press League One Young Player of the Year and earning himself a move to the Swinton Lions.
In his sole season at Heywood Road, Beharrell made 25 appearances for the club with the highlight coming at the Summer Bash in May as he scored seven points, including the winning drop goal, in a 24-25 victory over the Oldham Roughyeds in Blackpool.
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