Hull FC’s Leeds Rhinos loanee Jack Walker was offered to this shock club

Jack Walker showed his devastating rugby league skills for Hull FC against Hull KR in the Hull derby at the Magic Weekend.

Having signed a loan deal until the end of the 2022 Super League season, the Yorkshire fullback burst onto the scene with a fine debut display.

Leeds, meanwhile, have a plethora of fullbacks available with Richie Myler, Zak Hardaker and even Liam Sutcliffe able to play there with Walker needing game time.

However, Walker’s move to Hull may never have come off had the York City Knights agreed to a two-week loan.

York head coach James Ford has revealed that the Knights were offered Walker’s services but rejected them due to a ‘new policy’.

“It was mentioned but it just didn’t really fit with the strategy that we’ve got in terms of developing the club and building a team over the next couple of years,” Ford told the York Press.

“I think that Jack Walker is a tremendous player and we saw how well he played for Hull FC in the game against Hull KR.

“To bring him in on a two-week loan period and send him back, that doesn’t help Myles Harrison or Brendan O’Hagan or Liam Harris or Jamie Ellis in terms of their development.

“In hindsight, losing Marshy (Matty Marsh) afterwards, I’d have been more inclined to.

“But sticking to the principles that we’ve got of trying to grow and develop a team and a club over the next 12 and 18 months, I think that would have been very 2021 and not very 2022.”

For Walker, it will be hoped that he can continue his fine debut form for tonight’s visit to the DW Stadium to face the Wigan Warriors in what will be an interesting Super League clash.

Meanwhile, the Rhinos travel to Toulouse Olympique on Saturday hoping more of the same from when they overcame Castleford Tigers last weekend.

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