Hull KR snap up top young talent in swap deal with Wakefield
Hull KR have snapped up talented prospect Corey Hall from Wakefield in a swap deal that has seen Will Dagger join injury-hit Trinity.
Hall, 20, signs on a contract that will see him at Craven Park until at least the end of 2025.
The talented centre made his Super League debut with Leeds back in 2020 against Catalans, and featured three more times before joining Wakefield ahead of the 2022 season.
He signed a new deal just last October, extending his Belle Vue stay until the end of 2024. However, he has been released from his contract to join Willie Peters’ Hull KR side in a swap deal with full-back Dagger.
“We’re delighted for Corey Hall to join us at Hull KR,” said Peters.
“He’s a talented player for the future and definitely a Super League centre people will get to know more about in years to come.
“He’s in the early stages of his development. But we’re looking forward to working with him over the next two-and-a-half years.”
Will Dagger goes the other way in Corey Hall swap deal
Dagger, 24, joins Wakefield with immediate effect on a deal until the end of the 2024 campaign.
Head coach Mark Applegarth is currently without first-choice full-back Max Jowitt due to a long-term injury sustained during captain’s run ahead of their clash with Wigan earlier this season.
The 25-year-old underwent surgery and was ruled out for up to three months earlier in March.
On the move, Dagger said: “I’m really looking forward to getting going and ripping in for the lads. I started at Wakefield in the scholarship and I’m excited to be coming back to the club.
“It will be good to get some more game time and I can’t wait to get out on the field and do what I love doing.”
Dagger is currently the Robins’ longest serving player, ending his five-year association with the club in order to search for more game time.
He has made 51 appearances for side, scoring 79 points.
Explaining the swap deal, Wakefield boss Applegarth commented: “First of all, I’d like to thank Corey Hall for his brilliant service to Wakefield Trinity.
“It’s been no secret that we have been on the search for a full-back, so we have reluctantly let Corey move onto new pastures at Hull KR to be able to bring Will in. As a club, we wish Corey nothing but the best.
“I’m delighted Will is on board with us and I’m looking forward to getting him into training and to start working with him.
“He will certainly add to our squad in that full-back role with his ability and skillset, and I know that he is really excited to be linking up with us.”
Paying tribute to Dagger, Hull KR coach Peters continued: “It was a good opportunity for both players. Firstly, for Dags’ (Dagger) to be able to play first grade every week.
“I think it’s an important move for him at this stage in his career and we’ve given him that opportunity.
“On behalf of the club I’d like to thank Will for his contribution to Hull KR and what he’s brought to the team on and off the field.”
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