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Hawk Yates joins Rhinos

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Leeds Rhinos have announced the signing of impressive 23-year-old prop Andy Yates from Hunslet Hawks on a two year contract from December 2013.

The prop has made 20 appearances for the Hawks so far this season, his third at South Leeds Stadium since signing for them from St Helens. He will train full time with the Rhinos during pre-season and will be awarded a squad number in the top 25 players for the 2014 season. As with the likes of Brad Singleton, Jimmy Keinhorst and Liam Hood this season, he will be dual registered with the Hawks for next season when he will be available to Barry Eaton if not required for the Rhinos in Super League.

Commenting on signing for the Rhinos, Yates said, “It is a massive opportunity for me, I have been at Saints before and it is great to have another opportunity to play in Super League. I want to go there and prove myself and hopefully get into the first team. It is another level of training at Super League and I know it is going to be tough in pre-season but I can only benefit from that. That will stand me in good stead for the new season and hopefully I can kick on from there.

“I had opportunities to go to other clubs at the start of this season but I was excited about the relationship between Hunslet and the Rhinos and that persuaded me to stay."

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That's a let down. I though Hawk Yates was a brilliant name.

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That's a let down. I though Hawk Yates was a brilliant name.

Thoughts were exactly the same here!

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Good to see Leeds giving their reserve team players a shot at SL, hope he goes well.

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That's a let down. I though Hawk Yates was a brilliant name.

from know on he shall be known as hawk yates in the rl world

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To me, this is dual reg working the way it should do. A partnership. Rhinos get more interested in Hunslet, and one of their players gets a crack at the big time. Good to see SL clubs looking to the championship for new players, rather than simply the NRL.

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Good to see Leeds giving their reserve team players a shot at SL, hope he goes well.

great to see any championship player getting a shot as SL, the fascination with over the hill antipodeans looks to be a thing of the past thanks to licensing as these lads would never have got a chance under the old system.

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great to see any championship player getting a shot as SL, the fascination with over the hill antipodeans looks to be a thing of the past thanks to licensing as these lads would never have got a chance under the old system.

 

You are absolutely spot on.

 

Regards,

 

Danny Brough, Peter Fox, Matt Blaymire and Jon Wilkin.

 

;)

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You are absolutely spot on.

 

Regards,

 

Danny Brough, Peter Fox, Matt Blaymire and Jon Wilkin.

 

;)

they were the exception rather than the rule though weren't they gav, now every club from super league is looking at the domestic competition more than ever to find the stars of tomorrow, i well remember broughy playing for york at the time widnes were searching for a scrum half and were trawling the australian game,and danny was plying his trade in the lower leagues over here.......

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they were the exception rather than the rule though weren't they gav, now every club from super league is looking at the domestic competition more than ever to find the stars of tomorrow, i well remember broughy playing for york at the time widnes were searching for a scrum half and were trawling the australian game,and danny was plying his trade in the lower leagues over here.......

 

 

Indeed. I wouldn't say these Championship kids are being looked at just because of the licensing system though, there will be plenty of factors in every move.

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Indeed. I wouldn't say these Championship kids are being looked at just because of the licensing system though, there will be plenty of factors in every move.

 

Your bog standard Aussie wanting a bit more money than they used to ask for, could be a factor :tongue:

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Hull promoted more youngsters in each one year during P&R than they did the first 3 years of licensing combined.

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Do you think Leeds may have already eyed him up at Saints, and had an influence in him signing for Hunslet in the first place?

 

If so, its an interesting use of the partnership. Could have upsides and downsides I suppose.

 

Either way, I hope the lad does well.

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great to see any championship player getting a shot as SL, the fascination with over the hill antipodeans looks to be a thing of the past thanks to licensing as these lads would never have got a chance under the old system.

 

Is Yates a championship player??

 

More like a St.Helens Superleague player who went to Leeds "A" team.

 

The fascination with over the hill antipodeans remains, it's just that the clubs can't afford them and they ain't available.

 

Now the fascination is with academy players who could not make it at St.Helens.

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every club from super league is looking at the domestic competition more than ever to find the stars of tomorrow,

 

If the antipodeans have gone home, and the Aussies have started to take our best young players, then Superleague clubs will scratch about for whoever they can find.

 

Why are you interpreting the reality of the player drain, which causes players who would not have made it a few years ago to be in demand as some sort of idea the Championship is producing superstars??

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