Wakefield’s James Batchelor confirms Super League switch

James Batchelor

Wakefield forward James Batchelor will join Hull KR on a two-year deal from the 2023 Super League campaign.

Batchelor, 24, made his debut for Trinity against Warrington in 2016. He has gone on to make 90 appearances for his hometown club, scoring 13 tries.

The back-rower suffered a likely season-ending hamstring injury during the Round 23 win over Wigan.

He has won one cap for England Knights in 2018.

James Batchelor aiming for silverware with move

 “After speaking to Willie Peters and a few of the boys I already know like Jez (Litten) and George (King), I was sold on the move,” he said.

“I’m at that point in my career where it’s not only about playing consistently, week-in week-out, but challenging myself and getting out of my comfort zone.

“It’s going to be something new. I’m excited for some Friday night games in front of the fans at Sewell Group Craven Park. It’s always been a great atmosphere every time I’ve played at Hull KR.

“Personally, I want to really kick on at KR and be challenging for things every year. I want to win some silverware. I think we can do something special as a team.

“Leaving my hometown team after so many years was tough. And I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision. I spoke to Willie about the club, himself and how he wants to play and within ten minutes he’d sold me on it.

“I think how Willie (Peters) wants us to play and what he values as a coach is exactly the environment I want to be a part of.”

Head coach Peters added: “I’m extremely happy with the signing of James Batchelor.

“James is the type of player I value as a coach, tough, gritty, resilient. I truly believe James will represent England in the future providing he maintains the worth ethic and hunger he currently displays.”

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Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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