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Hull FC re-sign Tom Briscoe from Leigh Leopards in shock swap deal

Hull FC have re-signed Tom Briscoe from Leigh Leopards, 10 years after the winger departed the club.

The 34-year-old arrives at the MKM Stadium as Richie Myler, Briscoe’s former team-mate, continues to overhaul the FC squad in his new role as Director of Rugby.

Briscoe has signed an 18-month contract, with the deal to bring him back to the Black & Whites seeing Darnell McIntosh go in the opposite direction.

McIntosh has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Leopards.

Tom Briscoe returns to Hull FC

In his decade away from Hull, Briscoe has tasted huge success. At Leeds Rhinos he won multiple Super League titles and Challenge Cups, before even picking up another Challenge Cup winner’s medal last season with Leigh.

Speaking to the Hull FC website about his return to the club, Briscoe said: “It’s really exciting to be coming back to Hull FC, especially with how the club have portrayed their ambition for the future.

“Having been at the club many years ago, and being the place where I started my career, it holds a lot of special memories for me.

“The move came out of the blue over the last 24 hours, but it’s an opportunity for me to join the club at an exciting period and it also gives me a chance to share my experience with a promising group of young players.

“I would love to see a great club like Hull FC get back to where they deserve to be, and to be a part of that journey is something that really excites me.”

Chester pays tribute to Briscoe

Leigh’s Head of Rugby Chris Chester paid tribute to Briscoe’s services to the club in a short statement.

“Tom is a top class professional and played a major part in our success last year,” Chester said.

“He’s keen to extend his playing career and I’m sure that he will enjoy being back where it all started for him.

“Tom leaves the Leopards with many happy memories and for all he’s achieved in the game I know that last season was a special one for him. We wish him all the best in the future.”

McIntosh signs for Leigh Leopards

Chester also reacted to the acquisition of McIntosh, with the 26-year-old coming in the opposite direction having scored 13 tries in 22 games for the Airlie Birds.

“Darnell is an exciting player who will add speed, creativity and finishing power to our backline,” said Chester. “He’s got a lot of experience of playing at the top level despite only being in his mid-twenties.

“Darnell was keen to come to the Leopards and feels that this will be the right environment for him to further his career and unlock his full potential. We are excited to have him. He covers key positions and ticks a lot of boxes.”

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