Hull FC have extended their dual registration partnership with Championship club Doncaster for a further 12 months, as both sides continue to forge strong links on and off the field.
Following a successful first season in partnership, with a number of Black and Whites first team stars appearing on loan for the Dons, the two clubs have agreed to continue the deal into 2015.
As well as providing Paul Cooke’s side with young Super League talent as they look to produce a season worthy of promotion from the Kingstone Press Championship, the club will also be on hand to offer support when required off the field.
The partnership is likely to benefit a host of young stars making the step up to Lee Radford’s first team next year, including the likes of Jack Downs, Brad Fash and Jansin Turgut who will all now have the chance to gain crucial game time before a possible Super League debut.
Hull FC’s head coach is pleased to have the opportunity to once again utilize the partnership with the South Yorkshire outfit, he said, “It is a partnership that certainly paid dividends for us last season, so I am extremely pleased we will have that option once again in 2015.
“It is important to us especially with the depth that we have in our squad next season, that those who are not featuring in the first team at times do not stutter in their development and continue to progress.
“Chris Green returned to us late last season away at Salford firing on all cylinders following a period with Doncaster in which he was able to return to full fitness and match sharpness, and I think that is a prime example of how beneficial partnership can be.”
He added: “The synergy between the clubs extends further than the on the field activities and as we move forward into the new Super League era, a connection with such a promising side will be a great bonus to my coaching and playing staff.
“I look forward to having the opportunity once more to work closely alongside Paul Cooke and the personnel in place at Doncaster RL next season.”
Commenting on the extended agreement, Doncaster player coach Cooke added, “We are delighted to have extended our dual registration with Hull FC for another season and the club are once again looking forward to welcoming players to Doncaster in 2015.
“Last season the partnership was a great success for both sides, with those at Hull FC needing game time coming to Doncaster and really proving a point.
“The system definitely played a big part in helping us to a top four finish in 2014, there were times during the campaign where our squad was really stretched due to injuries and we relied heavily on dual registration players.
“We hope the partnership success continues and the results are as positive as they were last season both on and off the field.
“I’d like to thank Lee Radford and Hull FC for making this possible and I look forward to working with him and his staff again.”
As part of the renewed partnership the club’s will once again meet for a pre-season friendly clash on January 11th at the Keepmoat Stadium.