Modern-day front-row forward is Hunslet’s latest ‘new Kidd on the block’
Prop Harry Kidd, who made a big impression on Hunslet last season while on dual-registration from Halifax, has joined the Parksiders on a one-year deal.
The 24-year-old, who played in seven of Halifax’s Betfred Championship games last year, made a couple of memorable appearances for Hunslet towards the end of the 2019 campaign and head coach Gary Thornton said: “I’m really pleased to have captured a player of Harry’s quality.
“He has spent a couple of years in a really good system at Halifax and while at Hunslet impressed everyone with his enthusiasm and his energy levels. He would have been with us for more games had a season-ending shoulder injury not curtailed his year.”
Hunslet’s boss added: “He’s come into the group with the same levels of enthusiasm as before, and will be a major part of our pack this season. He is a great character and a big voice in the changing rooms already, and has integrated seamlessly into the group.
“He is a modern-day front-rower who can do long minutes and adds size and presence. He will do the tough carries, but he has decent handling skills too.
“Defensively he will be aggressive with good line speed and contact. Harry had other options to stay in the Championship but was convinced to sign here; he will be a huge asset in our plans for next year.”
Kidd admitted: “I bring a lot of passion to my game, and I like to think I’ve got some ball-handling skills.
“Hopefully I’ll play a pivotal role. I’m a bit of a spiritual leader – I don’t shut up in training – it’s fantastic here, and I can’t grumble.
“Hunslet made a big impression on me when I was here last season and, as soon as I received clearance from Halifax, I got in touch with Gary Thornton.”