12th November 2020, 13:15 | 

Jamaican International joins Hunslet

Jamaican International joins Hunslet

Hunslet have confirmed two signings ahead of the Betfred League 1 season bringing in experienced half-back Jy-Mel Coleman and Lewis Wray.

Coleman enjoyed a lengthy spell with fellow Betfred League 1 side London Skolars before spending the 2020 season with Newcastle Thunder. The 32-year-old also featured for Jamaica in their 2019 International Test against England Knights at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

On the move, Coleman said: “The club’s closer to my home, as I’ve moved back to the north of England from London and now settled in the Keighley area. 

“I’m good friends with forwards Alex Rowe and Jordan Andrade, who I played with at the Skolars, and it will be great meeting up again with halfback Simon Brown, who was a teammate when I was a junior at Hunslet Parkside. 

“I’ve been impressed by Head Coach Gary Thornton throughout our talks; he has a very good name in Rugby League and I’m relishing the chance to play under him, and to helping Hunslet push for promotion from Betfred League 1.”

Hunslet Head Coach, Gary Thornton, said: “Jy-Mel is a vastly experienced and proven halfback at League 1 level, and he will be a great addition to our squad.

“This gives us three quality halfbacks and provides plenty of attacking options and flexibility, which suits the way we want to play. 

“Jy-Mel can also cover hooker or loose forward which gives us the added benefit of covering a number of key positions. I’m looking forward to working with him, and I’m sure he will prove a valuable addition to our group.”

The Parksiders have also confirmed the acquisition of Wray from Keighley Cougars. 

Wray said: “A big factor in me joining Hunslet is the spirit in the camp. I know Harvey Hallas well from both Wakefield and Keighley, and it will be good to play alongside him again. Harvey had nothing but good things to say about the club, and I’ve heard similar reports from elsewhere.”

Thornton added: “Lewis can play front-row and back-row, so offers some utility value and cover across the pack. I am looking forward to seeing him develop and learn from our senior players, and hopefully thrive within our environment."