Burnett makes Quins loan move

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Harlequins RL have announced the signing of Hull back-rower Mike Burnett on loan for the 2011 season.

Burnett, 22, is hotly tipped after emerging from the Black and Whites' academy but has struggled for first-team action due to the presence of the likes of Danny Tickle, Craig Fitzgibbon and Willie Manu in Richard Agar's squad.



He has made 36 appearances and also enjoyed a loan spell with Championship side Sheffield Eagles, and Quins coach Rob Powell said: "Mike is a player I have seen play frequently over the last few years. He has always impressed me.



"He has had limited first-team action due to Hull's wealth of talent in the back row, however I know he is hungry for the opportunity and has the mentality and tools to excel down here."



Burnett added: "I'm really excited about it and looking forward to the move. It will be a good test for me playing regularly at Super League level and a good opportunity for me to develop my game.



"Playing at a higher intensity with Quins RL will help me improve my game and hopefully then I can come back to Hull and stake a claim for a regular place in the side."



Agar insists that remains a strong possibility, and told the Airlie Birds' website: "The aim for us at the end of the season will be for us to sit down, review his performances and look to renew his contract, so this is a good challenge for him."

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