Hull add Rankin to ranks
Hull FC have taken their number of new signings to seven with the capture of former Australian Schoolboys captain Jordan Rankin from Gold Coast Titans on a two-year deal.
The 21-year-old stand-off will be a straight replacement for Daniel Holdsworth, who was released at the end of the 2013 season to enable him to return to the NRL, and was signed on the recommendation of his new half-back partner and former team-mate Jacob Miller.
"It's a big move from the Gold Coast but I'm looking forward to the opportunity and to the challenge of playing in the Super League," Rankin said.
"We get the Super League over in Australia and I saw Hull reach the Challenge Cup final last year. Unfortunately, they got beat but they are one of the top teams in the competition and I wouldn't be going over there unless it was to a quality team with quality coaching and quality players around me.
"I spoke to the management and they were really keen to get me over there in the team and I've got a good mate in Jake playing over there too."
Rankin made his NRL debut at the age of 16 but went on to make just 17 further appearances.
Hull coach Lee Radford said: "Jordan is a player with undoubted natural talent and I know circumstances have dictated he was unfortunate not to have played a lot more games in the NRL so far.
"To have signed a player of this quality is very exciting for us and, despite a pretty detailed and lengthy recruitment focus on the half-back position, he was the one player that always came out on top throughout the process.
"If I am being honest, I am probably surprised that it's a move that has come off for us because over the last 12 months he has had a number of attractive options on the table, but their loss is certainly our gain."
Rankin will line up alongside Mickey Paea, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Chris Tuson, Jordan Thompson, Tom Biggs and Fetuli Talanoa at the new-look Black and Whites.