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Former Hull FC man explains motive behind surprise move away from Super League

Each year the talent in the Championship seems to get stronger and that’s the case again this year with Hull FC star Joe Lovodua being among the Super League names to drop down a division.

Lovodua has joined Doncaster RLFC who came up from League One however the club have set about building a very impressive squad for the Championship, recruiting plenty of ex-Super League men.

Their high profile signings have included Lovodua himself, ex-Trinity man Reece Lyne who will partner up with former Leeds Rhinos winger Luke Briscoe on one edge.

Former Castleford Tigers pair Suaia Matagi and Alex Sutcliffe have also joined the side, whilst even more experience comes from veterans Pauli Pauli and Brett Ferres.

It’s fair to say that the Dons have compiled a very strong squad having just been promoted, and ex-Fiji international Lovodua has revealed what made him opt for the switch.

“I was coming to the end of my contract with Hull FC and I didn’t really have that many people offering contracts for me next year,” the 25-year-old revealed on Doncaster’s Youtube channel.

“Then I sort of reached out to Carl (Hall, CEO), because I knew you guys were coming up, to see if I could perform for you guys and one conversation led to another.

“It’s been positive ever since I can’t wait to get amongst it with the lads.”

Asked about the expectations for how the Championship will compare to Super League, and specifically how the Dons will fare having been promoted the former Black and White was positive.

“I think a lot of the players in the team have got experience, whether they’ve played in Super League or the Championship before. I’m expecting physical games, I think the competition is a tough competition to come into.

“No doubt everyone will be looking at us as we’ve just come up from League One but I think the boys are up for the challenge.”

Having joined FC in 2022 he went on to play 44 games for them across his two seasons in a number of positions, highlighting his reliability and versatility.

He’s promised to bring that fire and flair to the Championship, explaining: “At Hull I’ve played most positions but I think I’m a bit off the cuff, I like to play, ,like to run the ball. I like to do the hard work, get amongst it but I think I’m just exciting with the ball.”

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