Hunslet’s head coach has made a major addition to his squad strength with the capture of Jack Render.

Render, 22, can play at fullback or in the threequarters and at 6ft 2in and 14 stones is a significant presence in attack and defence.

The former Featherstone Rovers and Sheffield Eagles player, who came through the Lock Lane production system, has played a couple of games for crack Castleford outfit Fryston this year and admits: “I had some time out of Rugby League but it’s a good environment at the South Leeds Stadium; playing for Hunslet under Alan Kilshaw will, I’m sure, rejuvenate my game.

“I’m determined to develop myself in a young squad,  and help others as part of a team ethic.”

Older Hunslet supporters may wonder whether Render could possibly be related to the legendary Arthur Render, of the 1960s. Not so, it seems. Jack, however, reveals that each player he has teamed up with has had an impact on his career. “My mentors are my family and every single one of my past teammates and coaches – on and off the field,” he said, confirming that he has signed a one-year deal.

Kilshaw said: “Jack had a tremendous campaign for Featherstone back in 2018, playing in the million-pound game.

“Since then he has had some adversity in his career but still has the enthusiasm and desire to compete and play at a good level.

“He’s an interesting character and I’m sure he will challenge the coaching staff as well, this year, with his unique personality – but that’s what the game is all about, great characters. I’m confident he will be really good for the team and the younger lads.”