Hunslet raid amateur ranks as Tigers utilise Workington tie-in

Conor Fitzsimmons.
Conor Fitzsimmons.
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HUNSLET RLFC have signed utility-back Joel Gibson from Dewsbury amateur club Thornhill Trojans.

And Castleford Tigers say their England academy forward Conor Fitzsimmons will spend the 2017 season on loan at Hunslet’s Kingstone Press League One rivals Workington Town.

Joel Gibson.

Joel Gibson.

Gibson, 26, is the son of former Batley, Leeds, Featherstone Rovers and Great Britain winger Carl Gibson.

A half-back or full-back, he scored 307 points – from 32 tries and 89 goals – when Trojans won promotion to National Conference Division Two in 2015.

He said: “I am really pleased I have signed at Hunslet.

“It’s a great club with big ambitions and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into pre-season.”

Meanwhile, Fitzsimmons, 18, from Cumbria, made his Super League debut this year and also featured for England under-19s on their summer tour to Australia.

Castleford’s head of youth Pete Riding said: “This is a great opportunity for Conor. It’s a perfect fit for him at this stage in his development to play first-team rugby on a consistent basis.

“Dave Clark is a very good coach and the environment he is creating at Workington is one we believe Conor will thrive in.

“He will complete his pre-season with us here at Castleford and then join up with Workington from February 1.”