Former Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity centre Reece Lyne has followed former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers player Alex Sutcliffe to Doncaster RLFC who are making some major waves and a number of huge signings ahead of the 2o24 Championship season.
Lyne becomes the Dons’ third new signing since securing promotion to the Betfred Championship, having seen off strong competition – including from the Super League – for the services of the experienced centre.
Dons chief executive Carl Hall said: “Reece is someone that Richard Horne knows really well. Rich tasked me with going to get him because he knows how well he’ll fit into the group here.
“He’s over the moon that we’ve got him because he knows what he’ll bring to the group over the next three years. This is a really big signing for us and we’re really pleased to get it done.”
Lyne arrives at the Eco-Power Stadium after scoring two tries in 15 appearances for Wakefield Trinity in top flight rugby league in 2023. The 30-year-old has 250 senior appearances to his name and has been capped with England at international level.
He came through the ranks at hometown club Hull FC and made his Super League debut in 2010 before Richard Agar took him to Trinity in 2012 as a 19-year-old. Lyne departs the Be Well Support Stadium having made 233 appearances for Trinity, scoring 64 tries.
Lyne has also played twice for England, with his form for Wakefield earning him nemerous international call-ups between 2018 and 2021, making his debut in the victory over France at Leigh Sports Village in 2018.
Wakefield themselves made the following statement: “Wakefield Trinity can confirm the release of Reece Lyne. Reece recently completed his well earned benefit season with the club. He joined the club from Hull FC for the 2013 season and went on to play 11 seasons amassing 233 appearances scoring 64 tries for Trinity.
“Reece has been one of the most consistent centres in Super League and gained International honours representing England on 2 occasions during his period with the club. We wish to place on record our thanks to Reece for his immense contribution to Wakefield Trinity and wish him and his family all the best for the future.”
Wakefield have signed a player who could have the same longevity as Lyne in the centres to a deal until 2026, in the shape of Oliver Pratt, who joined the club earlier this week.