Doncaster have announced the signing of former Hull FC stand-off Danny Nicklas.
Nicklas made ten Super League appearances for Hull and was first spotted by the Airlie Birds when he was just 11 years old. He was awarded a scholarship before going on to play and captain Hull’s academy and reserve sides.
Handed his chance by Richard Agar in 2010 with three first team appearances, the following season was expected to be his breakthrough year but a cruciate knee ligament injury in pre-season put a sudden halt to his progress.
Former Hull coach Peter Gentle gave Nicklas plenty of game time last season and he also played a couple of times for York City Knights in the Championship.
The 22-year-old started the 2013 season on dual registration with the Knights and was a regular in Gary Thornton’s side. However, Nicklas left the club in May to look for a chance to secure a deal with Hull KR to get back into Super League.
Nicklas said: “Paul (Cooke) contacted me about joining Doncaster and I obviously know him from when we were both at Hull FC.
“He’s still a big name in the sport and he’s one of the main reasons why I signed for the club as I feel I can learn a lot from him as we both play in the same position.
“There was still the possibility of signing for Rovers but they couldn’t guarantee me anything until November and I didn’t want to let this opportunity pass me by.
“I just want to put last season behind me now and I’m looking forward to kicking on and playing with Doncaster next season.”
Dons’ player-coach Cooke said: “Danny’s a good kid and I know a lot about him from my time at Hull FC.
“He’s a talented young ball player with bags of potential and I’m sure he’ll be a major asset for the club.
“He’ll provide plenty of competition in the halves and is also adept in the hooking role if needed. He’s another great signing for us.”
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