Eaton has faith in Hunslet’s quality

Hunslet coach Barry Eaton is looking forward to seeing how his squad handles itself in the Championship this season.

The Hawks have added proven Championship performers like Andy Kain and George Flanagan to their group in the off-season.

“I think that compared to where the club was a couple of years ago when we were in the Championship, the depth of the squad has got a decent look about it,” he said.

“We’ve got some quality players in there who have been not only good players, but players at the top end of the Championship over the last few years, so we’re delighted with the way we’ve assembled our squad.”

Kain and Flanagan are the stand-out signings, and Eaton is in no doubt as to what the duo bring to his squad. He also feels that the new league structure could give his side the chance to shine.

“Quality, obviously,” he said, when asked about Kain and Flanagan.

“They are players who have tasted Championship rugby. We had a lot of players who were playing in Championship One for the first time last year.

“All being well, those players who have got decent experience of the Championship can bring the best out of those players who haven’t.

“I’m looking forward to hopefully winning some games, and giving ourselves the best chance of staying in this division.

“It is exciting how this new structure has been put in place. It gives clubs an opportunity to progress, we’re a progressive club, and hopefully we can continue to do that.

“I’m a fan [of the new structure] as long as everybody plays within the rules.

“We’re aware that we’re miles behind some of the other clubs in terms of spend.”

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