Chris Hill: I needed a change

Chris Hill
Chris Hill will be at Huddersfield until at least the end of 2023

Forward Chris Hill says a new challenge and a different environment was needed to help with a new lease of life in his career. 

The England prop makes the move to the John Smith’s Stadium on a two-year deal.

Hill made 295 appearances for Warrington since joining them from Leigh in 2012. He captained them from 2016-19 but turned down the offer of a new contract, opting to join Huddersfield for a new challenge. 

Giant new challenge for Chris Hill

“It’s been good. A different environment,” he said.

“I get on really well with Watto (Ian Watson).

“All the lads are really good and welcoming. I thought I might have struggled, 10 years at Warrington was a long time and you soon get set in your ways ands it’s easy just driving up the road 20 minutes.

“I wanted a different challenge and a different environment. Personally, I wanted to get myself out my comfort zone a little bit.”

Hill is also hoping the move to Yorkshire will bring a new lease of life.

“Yeah I’m hoping so,” he responded.

“It has done so far. I’m enjoying it. I’ve been enjoying it for the last few seasons. But it has given me a real boost.

“Just a different environment. It’s always good to get something different. But like I say, you soon get set in your ways and I felt like that at Warrington I needed a change.

“I’m really looking forward to the season starting now.”

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New faces at Huddersfield

Hill is amongst a handful of new players at Huddersfield in 2022.

The likes of Tui Lolohea, Theo Fages and Danny Levi have also all joined the club under Ian Watson.

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Hill says he has enjoyed working with his new team-mates as the club set their goals for a play-off spot in 2022.

He said: “One of my main focuses of signing really (was) the squad we’ve brought together and what talent is already there to work with.

“It’s a great, hard-working bunch. There’s some great talent in there from young to old.

“I’m one of the older heads now, Chris McQueen is the oldest. We bring the average age up by quite a bit!

“But there are some good young lads, Oliver Wilson, Matty English, especially in my position. I’ve been working well with them. Overall a really good depth in strength.”

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About Josh McAllister 1343 Articles
Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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