St Helens snap up youngster Daniel Hill from Widnes

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St Helens have signed 19-year-old utility back Daniel Hill from Widnes on a two-year deal.Warrington-born Daniel Hill, who can play at full-back, centre and wing, made six appearances for the Vikings in 2021 before sustaining a season-ending injury.

Saints coach Kristian Woolf said: “He is a guy we see with enormous potential. That was shown by the fact a number of clubs were interested in taking him on.

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“Full-back is his position at the moment. But we see him as a guy with some physical attributes that can be a first-grade player in the future. Daniel could also transition and potentially play some centre or even some wing.

“He is a young guy who could play a number of positions for us. He can get his first grade experience that way – a bit like Jack Welsby has done. We are very excited about how he develops in our system.”

Daniel Hill will hope to follow in the footsteps of Alex Walmsley, James Bentley and Joe Batchelor who all made a seamless step up to Super League with Saints after being plucked from the Championship.

Hill said: “I am over the moon to sign for Saints. I want to thank everyone at Widnes who have helped me over the past six years, including all the coaches and the players.

“I am now looking forward to the new challenge of moving back into a full-time environment. I’ll be learning off the best players in the league which will hopefully improve my game.”