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Hull FC sign Championship centre

Hull FC have announced the signing of young centre, Nick Rawsthorne, from Halifax RFLC for the 2017 season.

Lee Radford is pleased to have the 20-year-old on board Credit: Press Association

The 20-year-old has signed an initial one-year deal with an option in the club's favour should they wish to extend his deal.

A convert from rugby union, where he represented England U18s and Leeds Carnegie, Rawsthorne also had a spell in the academy at Leeds Rhinos before joining Halifax.

I'm really pleased to add Nick to the squad next year, I think he has all the attributes to become a first-team regular for our club.

He has been very impressive in the reserves competition this year for Halifax, particularly when he played against us, whilst is accuracy with his goal kicking is also a real plus.

He is at a great age to progress his career to the next level and along with Jack Logan coming through the long term future of our outside backs looks very promising.

– Lee Radford, Hull FC head coach

Hull FC sign Josh Griffin for 2017

Hull FC have announced the signing of Salford Red Devils centre Josh Griffin on a three-year deal from next season.

Credit: Press Association

The 26-year-old has played for a number of Super League clubs, including Wakefield, Huddersfield and Castleford before switching to Rugby Union with Leeds Carnegie in 2012.

He returned to League two years later with Championship club Batley Bulldogs before joining brothers Darrell, now with Featherstone Rovers, and George, a former Hull KR junior, at Salford.

“I want to play in big games in front of big crowds and hopefully push for an international spot and I believe Hull is the best club to help me do that.

– John Griffin on hullfc.com

“Josh will be a great addition to our squad and I’m really looking forward to him joining the group.

“He’s a player we have had to put a lot of focus on when coming up against Salford over the last couple of seasons because of his physical presence both in defence and attack and his ability with the ball in hand."

– Hull FC head coach Lee Radford on hullfc.com

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Hull captain to miss season opener

Hull will start the new season without captain Gareth Ellis, who is being given more time to fully recover from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Gareth Ellis won't be available for Hull on Friday Credit: Press Association

The former England forward is back in full training after spending eight months on the sidelines but will not be risked against Salford, who visit the KC Stadium on Friday.

"Gareth's been in full training for two weeks but we are trusting our staff to bring him back at the right time," coach Lee Radford said.

Hull are set to give debuts to new signings Mahe Fonua, Sika Manu, Frank Pritchard, former Salford prop Scott Taylor and Carlos Tuimavave but there is no place for former Leeds and Wakefield full-back Lee Smith, who is currently on trial at the club.

Salford could have as many as nine debutants after including newcomers Justin Carney, Mark Flanagan, Josh Jones, Phil Joseph, Craig Kopczak, Rob Lui. Ben Murdoch-Masila, Gareth O'Brien and Matt Sarsfield in their 19-man squad.

Roadside vigil for teens killed in East Yorkshire crash

A vigil will be held on Monday evening for two teenagers killed in a car crash in East Yorkshire on Sunday.

Bradley Parker captained Hull at under-16s Credit: HullFC.com

The family and friends of 19-year-old Bradley Parker, who previously captained Hull FC's under-16s squad, and his 18-year-old Daniel Maston of Churchill Rise, Burstwick, will meet at the scene of the crash on Newfield Lane at Lelley.

Police say anyone wishing to pay tribute to the boys is welcome to attend from 5pm, and have warned motorists that the road will be closed while the vigil takes place.

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