Hunslet make three new signings

Hunslet Hawks have moved swiftly to bolster their ranks, following injuries to four key players during the defeat to Keighley at the weekend.

Michael Haley is almost certain to miss the remainder of the season following a broken thumb, while Andy Yates and Luke Menzies are likely to be missing for Sunday’s key game at Doncaster as both are struggling with ankle complaints.

Tommy Haughey is also set to be sidelined due to strained knee ligaments and with the Hawks already down to the bare bones they have had to add to their squad.

Director of Rugby Darren Williams said, “We have completed the signings of Jake Normington, Chris Clough and James Davies until the end of the season.

“Normington has been playing for East Leeds in the National Conference, he was once highly thought of at Leeds Rhinos and had a spell at Keighley before returning to East Leeds. He is a 21-year-old centre or back row forward and is a powerful unit and strong finisher.

“Clough is an experienced Championship player and has been at a few clubs including York and Keighley. He has been playing for Gloucestershire All Golds in Championship 1 and he is a back row forward with some punch and an offload in him. He will be a useful addition to the squad.

“Davies is a 20-year-old front row forward and is an interesting recruit. He is a former Leeds Rhinos academy player who has been playing in the Ron Massey cup competition for Blacktown Rovers. He’s big and aggressive and was called up by Penrith Panthers under 20’s side, but has returned home due to the expiry of his visa.”

All three new recruits are available for selection ahead of this Sunday’s trip to Doncaster.

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