Hunslet RLFC can confirm that club captain George Flanagan has today left the club to join Bradford Bulls.

Flanagan half way through a 2 year contract had attracted interest from Bulls head coach John Kear and the club received a formal approach early last week.

The coaching staff and the board of directors were adamant they wanted George to honour his contract for the remainder of the 2018 season, however George made it clear that he wanted this move to happen to fulfill his dream of returning to play for his home town club.

The club are extremely disappointed to lose the services of our captain and fans favourite but we were left with no other option than to allow him to leave after agreeing a compensation package with the former World Club Champions.

George joined Hunslet from Featherstone Rovers at the start of the 2015 season and went on to score 46 tries in 68 appearances for the South Leeds club.

On his departure Flanagan said “It is with a heavy heart that my time at Hunslet has now ended and I have the best memories of my career to date at the club.

“Myself & my family have been made so welcome at this club and I’ve had the honour to captain this great club.

“The fans are so loud and passionate and I have a great relationship with them, but the opportunity to move back to my home town club where it all started for me as a 13 year old boy was too good to turn down.”

“Darren Williams (Football Manager), Gary Thornton (Head coach) plus the the clubs Chairman & CEO all tried their best to keep me at the club but it was my decision to leave.

“If the approach was from any other club I wouldn’t even have given it a second thought and would have stayed at Hunslet.

“Hunslet will have a place in my heart forever, I have made some lifelong friends who I will cherish and I wish the club all the best for the future.”