Hull’s Burnett in Quins loan deal

Hull back-rower Mike Burnett has signed a season-long loan deal with Super League rivals Harlequins.

Burnett, 22, has been allowed out on loan by Hull boss Richard Agar owing to the Airlie Birds’ strength in depth in the back-row, which boasts Danny Tickle, Willie Manu, Epalahame Lauaki, Craig Fitzgibbon and new signing Joe Westerman.

Burnett said: “I’m really excited about it and looking forward to the move. It will be a good test for me playing regularly at Super League level and a good opportunity for me to develop my game.

“Playing at a higher intensity with Quins RL will help me improve my game and hopefully then I can come back to Hull and stake a claim for a regular place in the side.”

He signed a new three-year deal at the KC Stadium last year, having racked up 36 appearances since his debut in 2008.

Quins head coach Rob Powell said: “Mike is a player I have seen play frequently over the last few years for Hull at reserve and first grade and with Sheffield Eagles in the championship.

“He has always impressed me. He has a lot of strike with the ball and is a solid defender. He has had limited first team action due to Hull’s wealth of talent in the back row, however, I know he is hungry for the opportunity and has the mentality and tools to excel down here.”

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