Hull KR have confirmed the signing of fullback, Jack Walker, from Bradford Bulls until the end of the 2023 season with immediate effect.
Walker, with 70 Super League games under his belt at 23 years-old, will bring cover to the fullback position at Craven Park after Ethan Ryan suffered a broken jaw last week against Wigan Warriors.
Having scored 3 tries in 5 games this season for the Bulls, Jack will bring speed and skill with the ball in hand when called upon to the Robins’ first team.
Following this news, Bradford have issues an interesting statement on the matter:
“Bradford Bulls can confirm Jack Walker is to join Hull KR – with the club having activated a Super League clause in the full back’s contract which was insisted upon by player and agent when Walker penned a one-year deal with the club.
“Jack’s salary will be reinvested back into the first team budget this season.”
Bulls CEO Jason Hirst said:
“Once his Super League clause was activated and Jack informed us of his desire to join Hull Kingston Rovers, we neither could nor indeed morally wanted to stand in Jack’s way. Rugby League is a short career and while protecting the club’s best interests, we would never stand in a player’s way in terms of career progression and the opportunity to play at the highest domestic level.
“The fact that he is joining a top end Super League club is testament to Jack and his professionalism and determination to get himself fit and back on the field of play.
“It is also testament to us, as a club and in particular, the behind-the-scenes support and medical staff, headed up by Grace Lennox, who have been steadfast in their support of Jack.
“Having a very good relationship with Hull Kingston Rovers, we have managed to secure Jack’s services for the remainder of the season, whenever he isn’t selected to play for them. That said, we are actively looking to recruit a replacement for Jack, as we continually look to strengthen this year’s squad to ensure we meet our season target of a Top 4 finish and a place in the end of season play-offs.
“Jack leaves us with our very best wishes and we look forward to our fans continuing to enthusiastically support him and the rest of our team at Newcastle this evening, as we chase a 3rd consecutive win for the first time this season.”