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HULL FC: Young starlets pen deals
Hull FC have snapped up trialist Hakim Miloudi whilst tying down youngsters Jack Downs and Jack Sanderson on new deals. Miloudi, who arrived at the reigning Challenge Cup holders earlier this season on trial, has penned a two-year full-time deal with the Black and Whites.
The former French Under-20s international was part of the youth system at Catalans Dragons and spent time with Carcassonne in the top flight of the French competition.
The 24-year-old, who’s been a part of the Reserves side since he arrived in East Yorkshire, touched down for a brace on his debut for Richard Horne’s men and has recently been spending time on loan with League One side Doncaster.
Downs, who made his senior debut in 2015 against St Helens, has gone on to make 13 Super League appearances since he broke through and has signed a one-year extension. The 21-year-old back rower skippered the Reserves side in 2016 and has been impressive in his first-team stints this season.
Sanderson, who’s put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Airlie Birds, has been in and around the first-team over the last year and has been a key performer for the City of Hull Academy, helping them to the their first-ever play-off semi-final last week.
On signing Miloudi and retaining Sanderson and Downs, Hull FC head coach Lee Radford said: “Hakim came over originally on trial and really impressed in the two trial games he’s played in.
“He’s showed some really good signs and he’ll offer some great cover at full-back for next year. Jamie Shaul has more or less played every game this year and to have that cover next year with Jake as well is really important for us.
“Jack Sanderson has been a very strong performer for the City of Hull Academy and it’s good for him to be in and around the first-team again. He really excites me as a player, he’s a natural finisher and he’s got a good chance of breaking into the first-team next year.
“Jack Downs is a very professional kid and has been putting in some good performances this year when he’s been called upon. I’m glad that we’ve got him signed up for another year and hopefully he’ll continue his development.”