Hunslet swoop for Richie Barnett

Hunslet Hawks have announced another substantial coup ahead of the 2015 season, after they confirmed the re-signing of Richie Barnett from Keighley on a one-year deal.

Barnett has Super League experience with Hull FC, Warrington Wolves and Salford City Reds, and has most recently spent time in the Championship with the Cougars.

He joined Sheffield Eagles before moving to the Hawks in 2011. He was then snapped up by Keighley Cougars coach Jason Demetriou in 2012 and has made a total of 60 appearances for the Cougars scoring 30 tries.

Hawks Director of Rugby Darren Williams said the club were delighted to secure the services of Barnett, admitting his try to game ratio throughout his career was something that impressed the club when they were looking at bringing him back to Hunslet.

“When Richie first contacted me about the possibility of returning to the club I said to him it’s something we would consider,” he said. “He’s improved his game awareness over the last few years and he’s had some game time playing in the centre, so he also gives us some utility options there as well as his favoured wing position.

“He scores tries as his career to date proves and his ratio of a try every other game is most impressive. What’s really impressed me with Richie was his desire to play at the highest level possible, that’s been his motivation in this move and not financial gain and he’s always stated how much he enjoyed his previous spell with the club.”

Barnett himself said: “I’m happy to be back at Hunslet as I enjoyed my previous time there so I still know alot of the staff & players which will make it easier for me to settle back in.

“I’m aware it’s going to be a tough challenge next year but with the players & staff currently in place the clubs definitely going in the right direction.”