Russell in as McKinnon leaves Hull

James Gordon

Hull have moved quickly to replace full-back Wade McKinnon with the signing of Wigan full back Matty Russell on loan.

McKinnon, 31, only moved to the KC Stadium from Wests Tigers in the close season, but has now returned Down Under.

The Airlie Birds have moved quickly to ensure his exit doesn’t disrupt their season, by signing Russell on a one-month loan deal.

Russell, 18, made his Super League debut against Widnes earlier in the season, and has been on a dual registration deal with Championship side Leigh in 2011.

He said: “This is a good chance for me to impress and I’m really happy to be out gaining some Super League experience.

“To be able to do that at a big club like Hull FC, well it doesn’t come any better than that and I can’t wait to play.”

A stand out performer in the Valvoline Cup last season, Russell goes straight in to contention for Saturday’s Super League clash with Leeds.

Hull Director of Rugby Shaun McRae said: “Matthew is a player that has caught the eye of a number of clubs in recent seasons, which has continued now he has made the step up into the first-team. 

“He is still quite raw and has a lot to learn, but he has real talent and he now has the chance to come to Hull and show us exactly what he is capable of.

“It will be a great learning curve for him and at the same time will give us another option at the back following the departure of Wade McKinnon.”