Jordan-Roberts extends his loan stay at Hunslet

Josh Jordan-Roberts.
Josh Jordan-Roberts.
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Forward Josh Jordan-Roberts has extended his loan stay at Hunslet by a second month.

The Leeds Rhinos man has enjoyed a successful first month at the South Leeds Stadium where he has featured in the last three matches, including the impressive victory at Oldham last time out.

Joel Gibson.

Joel Gibson.

Leeds Rhinos retain a call-back option on Jordan-Roberts during the period of his loan.

Hunslet coach, Gary Thornton, said: “I’m delighted Leeds have agreed to let Josh stay with us.

“He has become a valued member of our group already and bought into everything we are trying to achieve at Hunslet.

“He has settled and integrated into the squad really well, and is improving week by week.

Gary Thornton.

Gary Thornton.

“Hopefully, Josh will continue in the good vein of form he is currently in, and help us achieve our goals.”

Meanwhile, Hunslet have also announced the departure of utility-back Joel Gibson, owing to family commitments.

Gibson signed a 12-month contract extension for the 2018 season after initially joining the Parksiders on a 12-month deal from community club, Thornhill Trojans.

He went on to make 16 appearances, scoring four tries in his debut season. Gibson made a solid start to 2018 as well, scoring five tries in four outings in his new position on the wing.

“I’m really saddened by Joel’s decision to leave the club,” conceded Thornton.

“He has been a great member of our group and played a pivotal role within the team, whether at full-back, pivot or wing. He has given his all.

“He is a very popular member of our group but has decided his young family takes precedence over his rugby at this moment in his life.

“I have the utmost respect for him in making that decision, as I know it didn’t come easy.”

Thornton added: “Combining part-time rugby with working life and family life is never easy, and with both he and his wife working hard to support their young family, he has struggled balancing quality time with them and our busy training and game-day schedules.

“I fully understand his reasons, and he goes with our best wishes.

“He’s an outstanding young man and I wish him and his family all the best in the future.”