LEWIS YOUNG, who has joined Hunslet on loan from Newcastle Thunder, will go straight into the Parksiders’ squad for Sunday’s attractive home Betfred League 1 fixture with Doncaster at the South Leeds Stadium (3.00pm).
Hunslet’s head coach Gary Thornton has moved quickly for the 25-year-old following an Achilles tendon blow for regular fullback Jimmy Watson in the early stages of Saturday’s swashbuckling victory at London Skolars.
Watson was featuring in only his second game after having recovered from a leg injury in a pre-season match against Barrow and Thornton said: “We were devastated to lose Jimmy so soon after his return. With Kiedan Hartley also struggling with a hamstring injury, I thought it was important to look for a replacement specialist fullback.”
He continued: “We have been very fortunate to bring Lewis into the group. He is an exciting player with his agile footwork and blistering pace, and he has a real eye for a gap on the end of attacking plays.
“Whenever he has played against us for Newcastle, he has been a real threat from fullback, and has an impressive try-scoring record. He will really add to our attacking options and I’m looking forward to seeing him in action in Hunslet colours.”
Young, who is a product of Castleford junior outfit Redhill, is in his fourth season at Newcastle, for whom he has made around 100 appearances; he was the League 1 Young Player of the Season in 2017.