Thackray rejoins Hull after Leeds exit

Last updated at 12:52 27 March 2008

Hull have confirmed the re-signing of former Great Britain prop Jamie Thackray

following his release by Leeds.

The 28-year-old front rower, a member of Hull's 2005 Challenge Cup-winning

team, has rejoined the club till the end of the season and went straight into

coach Peter Sharp's squad that set off this morning to France to prepare for

Saturday's Super League match against Catalans Dragons.

Hull, 11th in the table after winning just two of their opening eight matches,

moved quickly for their former player - after he agreed a mutual termination of

his contract with the Rhinos.

Chief executive James Rule said: "With our current injury problems, we felt

this was an opportunity not to be missed.

"Jamie will strengthen our squad - and as we all know from his time at the

club, he can provide a real explosive impact to games."

Hull recently signed Frenchman Adel Fellous on a month's loan from Toulouse to

provide front-row cover in the absence through injury of Garreth Carvell and

Ewan Dowes.

They are also without ever-present prop Peter Cusack for the game in Perpignan-

because his wife is expecting a baby over the weekend - but long-serving front

rower Paul King is available after he avoided suspension for a high tackle in

the Good Friday derby at Craven Park.

"It's great having Kingy with us - because we were in serious danger of facing

Catalans with only one prop, Scott Wheeldon," said coach Peter Sharp.

"I'm delighted he has got off, and the signing of Jamie Thackray is another

real bonus. Jamie is a good player. He provides impact - which is something we

have lacked a bit of since Garreth Carvell was missing.

"Having Kingy and 'Thacks' in the squad for the weekend is a real boost,

because we're still without Carvell and Ewan Dowes - and Peter Cusack looks

likely to miss the game because his wife is expecting over weekend."

Thackray made 45 appearances for Hull from 2005-06 after previous stints at

Halifax and Castleford and won three Great Britain caps in the 2005 Tri-Nations


He was a virtual ever-present in Leeds' championship-winning season last year

but missed out on the Grand Final and failed to make an appearance this season.

He was recently loaned out to National League Two club Doncaster.

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