Hull beat rivals to snap up Ellis
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Thursday 22 March 2012
Hull have won the contest to sign the forward Gareth Ellis. The second-rower has agreed a three-year contract when he returns from his stint with Wests Tigers in Australia.
The 30-year-old hinted at one stage that he could join one of his former clubs, Wakefield or Leeds, or Castleford. "I was lucky to have a few clubs interested but I've been listening to Hull, to the ambitions they have got and the prospects they are putting in place for the future," Ellis said.
The Hull coach, Peter Gentle, said: "If we're looking to take this club to another level we need the addition of one or two class players to bring the best out of the quality squad we have in place. We have definitely achieved that with the signing of Gareth."
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