Flying winger Rob Worrincy plays on at 38

James Gordon
Rob Worrincy with Alan Kilshaw

Hunslet have signed veteran former Sheffield and Halifax winger Rob Worrincy ahead of the 2023 League 1 season.

Worrincy, 38, came out of retirement to star with British Police in the 2022 President’s Cup, scoring a spectacular long-range try in a win over competition favourites England Universities.

That saw him return to the professional game with Rochdale last season, where he scored six tries in 10 appearances.

To date in his professional career, Worrincy has scored 211 tries in 343 games for Halifax, Sheffield, Dewsbury, Rochdale and Castleford.

The deal with Hunslet has been agreed for several weeks, but his registration was delayed to enable Worrincy to fit the move around his work commitmnets.

Coach Alan Kilshaw said: “Although we have known Rob’s commitment to us for some time it’s great to have him in Hunslet colours and training with the group.

“He is an exceptional winger at this level, with a proven record, and he is an exceptional person who will bring some further experience and qualities off the field.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him mentor some of our younger wingers in Kieron Lawton and Danny McGrath. And, obviously, on the field we know we will get some strong carries and hopefully more of those exceptional finishes.”

The deal was brokered by Hunslet’s strength and conditioning coach, the former Halifax and Batley full-back Miles Greenwood, who is good friends with Worrincy.

Worrincy said: “I’m good mates with Miles, who spoke highly of Alan Kilshaw and mentioned in passing that Hunslet are not far from me – I live on the outskirts of Batley – and would I fancy joining them?

“Partly in jest, I said that I’m open to all kinds of offers. I like to keep active and I love Rugby League, which is a great sport, with great people in it.

“So I spoke to Killer and he really sold me the club, with his plans for the season. The squad he’s put together has a great mix of youth and experience, and I’m delighted to have signed a one-year deal.”

“I’ve learned that there’s a circle of life in Rugby League. When I started out at the age of 18 I was given some great advice by senior players and, it has to be said, some not-so-great advice.

“I aim to pass on the positive pearls of wisdom I’ve acquired to the younger lads at Hunslet, including in terms of attitude and professionalism.

“I’ve lots of experience behind me, including in important fixtures, and I plan to bring to the cause level-headedness and a strong work ethic, with strong carries on kick returns as important to me as well as scoring tries.”

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