Hunslet have signed Scotland international forward Joe McClean from West Wales Raiders for the 2021 season.
McClean, who hails from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, has joined the Parksiders partly on the recommendation of his former Gloucestershire All Golds team-mate Harry Kidd, who is a member of the pack that helped propel Hunslet to the top of League 1 before the season was voided.
He will replace prop Jack Aldous in the squad. Aldous is no longer available this season because of work commitments back in Hull.
Reacting to the news, McClean said: “Harry Kidd was a big reason behind me being attracted to Hunslet in the first place.
“We’re very close from our time at the All Golds and he spoke very highly of the club, and of the ambitions everyone has here.
“If I’ve got a couple of seasons left in me then I want to be at an outfit where I’ll have a chance to win something.
“I don’t want to spend my time at a club that may be closer to my home in Cheltenham but which doesn’t perhaps have quite the same potential.”
Head Coach Gary Thornton added: “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.”