Hunslet sign former Castleford Tigers youngster

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Hunslet have signed Castleford Tigers academy product Jordan Gill.

Gill scored 19 tries in 16 appearances for Oxford last season, including a hat-trick against York City Knights and four in a win over Coventry.

He played junior rugby for Lock Lane, in Castleford and also has experience in rugby union with Pontefract.

The 23-year-old said: “I would like to thank Gary [Thornton’s Hunslet’s coach] for giving an opportunity to play for such a great club.

“There’s massive history at the club and it’s an honour to be able to play here.

“I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in to pre-season with the lads. Gary is putting a good squad together this year and I’m sure we can have a great season.

“Playing for Oxford last season against Hunslet it was noticeable to see the great support Hunslet have and I can’t wait to play in front of these passionate Hunslet fans and show them what I’m capable of.”

Thornton reckons Gill will be a big hit for the south leeds club.

“Jordan has joined us from Oxford and is backing himself to establish his position in the team,” he said.

“He is a tall, rangy outside-back with pace and had a successful campaign last season for Oxford.

“He has come through the Castleford Tigers Academy system and was a promising junior before injury curtailed his development.

“At well over six feet tall he gives us a different dimension for our attacking options and will provide a real threat out on the edges.

“He’s a proven try scorer and works hard out of exit for the team, so has the attributes we are looking for from our outside-backs.

“I’m sure he will be a great addition to our group.”