Leeds Rhinos: Dual-registration for Clarkson

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LEEDS RHINOS’ England Knights forward Chris Clarkson has been dual-registered with Kingstone Press Championship neighbours Hunslet Hawks.

Clarkson is set to make his debut for Hunslet at home to Halifax on Sunday.

Hawks have also signed scrum half James Coyle from Workington Town.

Coyle 27 joins his younger brother Thomas, who is at Hunslet who is on loan at the club from Leigh Centurions.

James Coyle played in Wigan’s academy system in 2002 and 2003 and was senior academy player of the year for 2003.

He made his Wigan debut off the bench against Hull in 205 and made his first start the next weekend against Whitehaven in the Challenge Cup, being named man-of-the-match.

Coyle capped 2005 by picking up the Wigan Supporters’ Association under 21s player of the season award.

He joined his brother at Oldham in 2008 before moving to Barrow in 2010, he moved to Widnes in 2011 before joining Workington ahead of this season.

Director of Rugby Darren Williams said “ James started the season in the Workington side but picked up an injury and although now fully fit he has been unable to force his way into Gary Charlton’s line up.

“James is a good player he’s a great organiser who can break the defensive line and score tries.”

“He joins us at a crucial point in the season with some key games on the horizon.

“With our first choice half back pairing (Danny Grimshaw and Luke Helliwell) out for some time through ankle injuries, half-back was an area we knew we needed to strengthen in.”

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