Hull FC have signed 20-year-old centre Nick Rawsthorne from Halifax.
The club announced the news Tuesday evening, hours after it was first revealed on TotalRL.
Rawsthorne has earned rave reviews playing for Halifax’s reserve grade, scoring twice in their 30-26 defeat to the Airlie Birds back in May before kicking three goals when the two teams faced each other earlier this month.
The Halifax-born youngster originally signed for rugby union side Yorkshire Carnegie at the age of 16, going on to represent England at U16 and U17 level. During his stay at Carnegie he had a short spell in the Leeds Rhinos academy system, however he then joined his hometown club earlier this year.
At school level, Rawsthorne was regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in the game. He was part of the all-conquering Brooksbank team that won three national cups, playing alongside current Huddersfield Giants hooker Kruise Leeming under former Halifax head coach Damian Ball.
Lee Radford is understood to have been impressed by the youngster this year, with the Hull FC chief considering him to have the potential to play for the club’s first-team in the next couple of years.
Rawsthorne will be the club’s third signing, following Salford’s Josh Griffin and Huddersfield star Jake Connor.
Photo credit: Halifax RLFC