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Former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers star joins surprise new club

Former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers halfback Callum McLelland has joined a surprising new club ahead of the 2024 season.

McLelland started his career in Castleford’s academy alongside Jake Trueman before moving to rugby union but at the end of 2018 he returned to rugby league with Leeds Rhinos.

McLelland had an injury hit stint at Leeds ending in a nasty leg injury in his final appearance against Wakefield Trinity in 2021. This meant that he didn’t play for Castleford after signing for the club again ahead of 2022 and after constant injury setbacks he left the club midway through 2023.

It was even speculated that he would leave the sport entirely but the halfback has now joined a surprising new club in the shape of Midlands Hurricanes.

This is ahead of a big 2024 season for the club when they will have a new stadium and some big fixtures.

The Hurricanes kick off their new league campaign on Sunday 17th March at Alexander Stadium, with a St Patrick’s Day fixture against Rochdale Hornets.

They then follow that up with another home game against Newcastle Thunder before we hit the road for our first away fixture against North Wales Crusaders on Easter Sunday.

April sees two home fixtures against Hunslet and Oldham either side of the first of our two trips to Cornwall.

We have a double header of away games in May, making the trips north to Workington Town and Newcastle Thunder, before returning to the Alexander Stadium at the end of the month for the visit of North Wales Crusaders.

As we head into the summer months we welcome Keighley Cougars before travelling away to Hunslet for the second of three games with the Yorkshire side. We finish June by welcoming Newcastle Thunder to the Alex for a second time.

July sees us travel to North Wales Crusaders for a second time in 2024 before a home game to Cornwall in the middle of the month. We then finish July and start August with a triple header of away games, travelling to Rochdale Hornets, Keighley Cougars and Oldham before returning to the Alex for our penultimate home fixture against Workington Town.

The final two weeks of the season see us travel to Cornwall for a second time in mid August before finishing the season at home against Hunslet.

In addition to the league games announced this weekend, the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup fixtures have also been confirmed with the Hurricanes drawn in group 7, facing Championship opposition in Doncaster and Sheffield Eagles at the Alexander Stadium on 28th January and 11th February respectively.

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