Hunslet sign Australian half-back Barnett

Jake Barnett.
Jake Barnett.
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Hunslet RLFC have completed the signing of young Australian half-back Jake Barnett.

Barnett, aged 22, can play half-back, hooker or full-back is a product of the Eastern Suburbs Tigers club in Brisbane, who are affiliated to the Melbourne Storm.

Hunslet head coach Gary Thornton was delighted to give Barmett his opportunity. He said: “Jake has grown up in Australia and has a very good rugby league pedigree, following in the footsteps of his dad Steve, and his uncle, my assistant Gary.

“He has played at a high level over in Australia as a junior before joining the Navy, and has represented the National Armed Forces team.

“He has come across to England to try and establish himself in the professional ranks, and can play half-back, hooker or full-back.

“From what I have seen of him so far, he has plenty of his dad’s and uncle’s attributes, and being very confident in his own abilities.

“I’m sure he will be pushing forward to establish himself in the team.

“We are building some genuine competition for places across the board and with Jake’s utility value, this puts pressure on a lot of players in the squad.”

Barnett was delighted to have the opportunity to move to the UK to join the club for pre-season. He said: “I am extremely grateful that Hunslet have given me this opportunity to be a part of the team in 2018.

“I have followed English Rugby League for many years in Australia and admired the physical game they play.

“When Gary Thornton contacted me about the possibility of playing for Hunslet this season I didn’t have to think twice about coming over.

“The coaching staff have put together a great squad and are very confident in our ability. I am excited to start pre-season with what I already know is a talented group of players and I am sure we will have a successful 2018.”

Gary Thornton

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