As had been reported earlier in the week by Get ’em Onside as well as other sources, Hull FC have today announced the return to the playing ranks of their record try scorer, 34 year old Kirk Yeaman.
Following his retirement at the culmination of the 2016 season and after helping the Airlie Birds to their first Wembley win, Yeaman had remained as part of the club’s conditioning and head coach Lee Radford has the opportunity now to pick the Hull derby’s record try scorer.
Of his re-signing, Yeaman said “straight after the Featherstone game, Radders gave me the nod and told me that I might be needed in the coming weeks with the injuries we picked up.” Understandably, he is hopeful of being involved this weekend as Super League heads to Newcastle for Magic Weekend with the first competitive Hull derby closing the weekend on Sunday.
As well as bringing the Airlie Birds’ legend back into the squad, Radford has also seen his team sign partner club Doncaster’s half back Liam Harris on a two and a half year deal such is their injury crisis. With Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd and Carlos Tuimavave all absent for the immediate future, the Black and Whites have moved to secure the 21 year old, former Hull KR pivot.
The KCOM Stadium club have paid a fee to Betfred League One Doncaster and the former York City Knights loanee will go straight into the squad for Sunday’s derby against his former team. “Hull have a few injuries in my position and that gives me a good opportunity to come in and show what I can do. I’m ready to have my shot at Super League,” Harris explained. “All the young lads wait for opportunities like this.”