Scotland World Cup hopeful Joe McClean joins Hunslet

Hunslet have signed Scotland international Joe McClean on a one-year deal.

The 31-year-old forward made 84 appearances for Gloucestershire All Golds between 2013-17 before moving to West Wales Raiders. He has won six caps for Scotland and is targeting a place in their World Cup this year.

Hunslet coach Gary Thornton said: “Joe is a versatile forward who is equally comfortable in the back-row or the front-row.

“He came through the All Golds development setup with Harry Kidd, and always impressed me as one of their top performers during their short stint in League 1. Since then, he has gained further experience playing down in West Wales.

“He contacted me about joining a northern-based club to enhance his chances of making the Scotland World Cup squad, having been in and around mostly ‘development’ clubs based in the south.

“He has shown terrific dedication to organise his work commitments to allow him to travel up for training and games when the season starts, and he has impressed all the coaching staff. With his skill levels and athleticism he will be a great addition to our group.”

Hunslet have also confirmed that prop Jack Aldous is no longer available this season because of work commitments.

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