Head Coach Alan Kilshaw’s squad ahead of Hunslet’s 2022 Betfred League 1 campaign is close to completion following the signing of giant young prop Sam Moorhouse.

The 20-year-old, who stands 6ft 3in tall and weighs in at 19 stones, has agreed a one-year deal with the Parksiders.

Yet another successful example of the renowned production line at leading local amateur outfit Stanningley, Moorhouse initially joined Leeds Rhinos before moving on to Dewsbury Rams, where the Covid 19 lockdowns put his career on hold, as they did with so many other young players.

He said: “I had no hesitation at all in joining Hunslet. It’s common knowledge that Alan Kilshaw is building a squad made up mainly of youngsters, plus a few older, experienced heads. That’s exciting, and I respect his ethos – one in which he’s keen to give people a chance.

“I’m now looking forward to digging in and working hard in our pre-season training, where I’ll bring to the cause approaches instilled in me by coaching mentors such as Mark Butterill, Jonny Wainhouse and Rob Burrow, who gave me massive encouragement when I was at Leeds Rhinos.”

Kilshaw said: “Sam was recommended to me by Mark Butterill, who coached him in the Leeds system, and after doing our usual due diligence we had no hesitation in bringing him in.

“He really impressed me and our assistant coach Ryan Jackson when we met him for a chat; in fact he wanted to train that evening and do the testing with the rest of the squad.

“Sam has settled in quickly, with some mates already in the team. He is another local lad who we want to do well, and I’ve no doubt how much pride and passion he will show in the shirt.”

`Killer’ concluded: “Sam’s a real handful and has been putting himself about in training already. He carries strong and has a good offload, and I’m looking forward to helping him develop his game and to seeing him progress in Hunslet colours.”