Salford Red Devils have continued to recruit from outside Super League, snapping up the services of Hunslet Hawks hooker Liam Hood for 2015.
Hood has impressed since joining the Hawks from Leeds – after initially joining on a dual-registration deal from the Rhinos last year. He had a deal in place to play for Hunslet in 2015 but, after Salford stumped up a transfer fee for the young hooker, he will be returning to Super League – with Salford sending a first-teamer to the Hawks next year on loan as part of the deal.
Speaking of the deal, Hawks director of rugby Williams said: ”Whilst obviously disappointed in losing such a key player who was part of our planning for 2015, it’s a tremendous opportunity for Liam to get back into a full-time environment and join such an exciting squad of players at Salford.
“It’s great to see Super League clubs like the Red Devils giving young English talent an opportunity to prove themselves at the highest level and Liam goes with the club’s best wishes.”
He added: “We’re proud to have aided his development to get back to the top level of rugby league in the UK and when we sell Hunslet to young players with ambition we provide them with a stage to showcase their talents and like Andy Yates last year he’s grabbed it with both hands.
“I would like to thank [chief executive] Martin Vickers and all at the Salford club for their professionalism during this process.”