Hunslet Hawks sign Kain from Featherstone Rovers

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Hunslet Hawks have signed half-back Andy Kain from Featherstone Rovers on a two-year contract.

Kain, 29, joined Rovers from Widnes Vikings on loan in 2007 and the deal was made permanent the following year.

His final game for Featherstone was last season’s Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final defeat by Leigh Centurions.

He was under contract for 2015, but Rovers have agreed to his release and Hawks director of rugby Darren Williams said: “The signing of Andy on a two-year contract is a real statement of intent from the club.

“For us to attract such a high-calibre playmaker is a real shot in the arm and shows the ambition we have to not only survive as the toughest-ever Championship season approaches, but to look to push on and consolidate our position.”

Kain will join former Rovers teammate George Flanagan in promoted Hawks’ squad for the new campaign.

He scored more than 100 tries for Rovers, including 12 in 26 appearances last term.

Williams added: “This club has made huge strides over the last few years and to entice a player of Andy’s qualities to join us says a lot about our standing now in the game.

“I would personally like to thank [Rovers chairman] Mark Campbell who - as in the George Flanagan move - has been very accommodating in facilitating this move.

“Andy has been a tremendous servant to Featherstone. He leaves the club on good terms and we’re thrilled to add him to our 2015 squad.”

Kain will have to wait for his debut after Hawks’ pre-season trip to Featherstone, scheduled for January 4, was postponed due to the condition of the pitch at Big Fellas Stadium.

Hawks’ South Leeds Stadium is unavailable that day, but both clubs are hoping to rearrange the Gareth Swift memorial clash for later in pre-season.