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4th March 2021, 09:20 | hunslet_rlfc

Hunslet sign Scotland International Joe McClean

Hunslet sign Scotland International Joe McClean

Hunslet have confirmed the signing of Scotland International Joe McClean ahead of the 2021 Betfred League 1 season.

McClean came through the ranks with Gloucestershire All Golds and has also spent time with West Wales Raiders in League 1. The forward has earned six caps for Scotland, including in their most recent outing back in 2019 against Greece.

On the move, McClean said: “Harry Kidd was a big reason behind me being attracted to Hunslet in the first place. We’re very close from our time at the All Golds and he spoke very highly of the club, and of the ambitions everyone has here.

“If I’ve got a couple of seasons left in me then I want to be at an outfit where I’ll have a chance to win something. I don’t want to spend my time at a club that may be closer to my home in Cheltenham, but which doesn’t perhaps have quite the same potential.

“It’s a long way to training and back, and for matches – when they resume – but it’ll be made a lot easier by the spirit in the camp at the South Leeds Stadium. The players, the coaches and the back-room staff and the board have all been very welcoming. I really get the feeling that this is a club that is going places. 

“My personal contribution is that I can get teams on the front foot and give the backs a platform from which they can operate. My first goal is to book a berth in the side and, from there, play well enough to help us win League 1 or at least gain promotion. 

“At the same time, I plan to catch the eyes of the Scottish selectors ahead of this autumn’s World Cup. I’ve played in five or six of Scotland’s games in recent years and although I missed out on the World Cup in Australia in, I played in our last match, our victory in the World Cup qualifier against Greece in London in November 2019.”

Hunslet Head Coach Gary Thornton added: “Joe is a versatile forward who is equally comfortable in the back row or the front row. He came through the All Golds development setup with Harry Kidd, and always impressed as one of their top performers during their short stint in League 1. 

“Since then, he has gained further experience playing down in West Wales. He contacted me about joining a northern-based club to enhance his chances of making the Scotland World Cup squad, having been in and around mostly ‘development’ clubs based in the south.”