Super League clubs taking more note of Championship players, says Hirst

New Wakefield signing Keegan Hirst believes more Super League clubs are looking at the Championship for player recruitment.

Hirst, whose arrival at the Wildcats for 2017 was announced last week, has been one of the most reliable front-rowers in the Championship over the last number of years.

The 28-year-old captained Batley to a top four spot in the Championship this year, helping him earn a move to Super League along with John Kear, who is leaving Batley to become Wakefield’s director of rugby.

Following the beginning of the Super 8s structure and the impressive performances of several players, Hirst believes more clubs in the top flight are keen on signing Championship stars.

“Championship is a good competition,” he told TotalRL.

“The new format has helped it go to the next level again. Super League teams are starting to have more of a look at the Championship now because four of the teams are playing Super League clubs in the Qualifiers, I think more clubs are realising the talent that is there and have a view to taking more players on. You look at Alex Walmsley, Chris Hill, Kyle Amor and so on, there are a lot of players that can step up and more Super League clubs are realising that.”

An extensive interview with Hirst, talking about his Super League dream and joining Wakefield, is available in the new League Express. Get your online copy at