Hunslet: Hawks confirm mutual decision to wrap-up dual reg’ agreement

Hunslet Hawks head coach Barry Eaton with club chairman Neil Hampshire.
Hunslet Hawks head coach Barry Eaton with club chairman Neil Hampshire.
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HUNSLET HAWKS say ending their dual-registration agreement with Leeds Rhinos was a mutual decision.

As revealed in yesterday’s YEP, Leeds’ players will be dual-registered with Featherstone in 2016 and Hawks will have a similar arrangement with the Kingstone Press Championship club.

Hunslet chairman Neil Hampshire said: “The dual-registration arrangement with Leeds has proved very successful in recent years, not least in helping us secure players such as Liam Hood, Jimmy Watson, Luke Briscoe and James Duckworth on permanent contracts following successful stints on DR.

“We also managed to get Andy Yates a move back into Super League and have contributed to the development of Brad Singleton, Jimmy Keinhorst, Rob Mulhern, Robbie Ward, Jordan Lilley and Josh Walters, who of course scored the winning try in last year’s Super League Grand Final, so it has not all been one way traffic.

“Following our relegation into League One we had discussions with Leeds and both clubs agreed it would be in our mutual interests to end that part of our partnership operation.

“Instead, both clubs will now DR with Featherstone. There remains the opportunity for us to still take players on loan from Leeds and that is obviously something we will consider further in due course.”