Hunslet humbled by positive response from players on furlough leave

Hunslet are pleased with the “overwhelming” response of their players to the club placing them on furlough leave.

Hunslet coach Gary Thornton emailed his squad last week to explain the situation facing the League 1 club in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Players have been placed on furlough terms in line with existing contracts, with win bonuses so far this season being shared equally.

Thornton said: “It’s very pleasing. One of the factors behind me signing and retaining players was character, and that’s certainly been very evident in the lads’ collective attitude.

“That positive approach is one of the reasons for us currently being top of the table and will hopefully put us in a strong position to secure promotion as and when the 2020 campaign resumes.

“We’re obviously unable to train as a group at the moment but I’ve no reason to doubt that all the players are putting the required work in, albeit in the relative comfort of their own homes.

“They’re all keen to get back in to action and I know that they are very aware of the work being done by the board on the club’s and their behalf.

“I’ve been very impressed by the pro-active approach to the impact of the coronavirus crisis by our directors, with no avenue unexplored as Hunslet seek solutions to the many challenges that face all professional sports clubs.”

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