Hull FC duo make short-term switch

Whitehaven RLFC have announced the loan signing of Davy Litten and Jacob Hookem from Hull FC.

Following Geronimo Doyle leaving the field last weekend vs Sheffield a scan has confirmed a broken arm which will see the Kiwi out of action for a number of weeks.

Haven have acted fast to bring in a replacement and the highly-rated 18 year old Litten will slot into the squad ahead of this weekend’s West Cumbrian derby against Workington Town.

Speaking about the signing, club director Ashley Kilpatrick said:“We’re delighted to be able to bring Davy in from Hull.

“We’ve been able to utilise our strong growing relationship with Hull that we have developed over the last 12 months, he’s a very talented outside back who can operate at fullback and centre.

“He’s come through Hull’s development squad into their academy progressing into their reserve squad and getting himself a squad number and training with their first team.

“Brett Hodgson rates him highly and needs him out getting game time to help his development.

“Lastly I can only pass my thanks onto Brett Hodgson and James Clark who have helped get this done quickly easily and professionally.”

Hookem is a 19-year-old England Academy international and has represented Yorkshire in the academy War of the Roses.

The halfback/hooker made his Super League debut for the Black and Whites against Wakefield Trinity in September 2021.

Speaking about his signing, Ashley Kilpatrick said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be able to bring Jacob in.

“He’s a lad who’s been spoken about to us for a while but he’s had an injury, he can play half back or dummy half, he made his debut for hull against Wakefield last year getting man of the match.

“He’s very highly rated at Hull, he’s a tough kid, with a good kicking game and he is a good organiser.

“Again we have to thank Brett Hodgson and James Clark for letting Jacob come to us, it shows how strong and blossoming our relationship is becoming with hull through the development academy.”

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