Lineham to make Warrington switch

Published: Tuesday 9th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull’s leading tryscorer Tom Lineham will move to Warrington next season after the clubs agreed a six-figure transfer fee.

The Wolves have bought out the two years left on the 22-year-old Lineham’s current contract, although there is confusion over the actual fee.

The Black and Whites say they have accepted a £125,000 offer while Warrington claim they have paid £140,000 for the former York player, who has scored 15 tries so far this year and will see out the rest of the season with Hull.

Warrington head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said: “We are delighted to have captured the services of such an outstanding talent. We are always keen to recruit elite, young British players.

“Tom’s try-scoring speaks for itself and he is a player I have greatly admired for years since he came on the scene. His size and speed are also greatly suited to the wing position in rugby league.

“I look forward to working with him next year and we hope he continues his good form. I have no doubt he will be a representative player in the near future.”

Lineham, who is thought to have attracted interest from Wigan in the past, joined Hull from York in 2011 and won Dream Team selection in 2013 after a breakthrough year in which he scored 13 tries.

“Warrington is a good club with some great players, coaches and a strong fan base,” Lineham said. “It is very similar to Hull FC in many ways and I’m looking forward to being part of that.

“It has been a very difficult decision for me to make but the circumstances are right for me to start a new chapter in my life and I’ll leave the club with some great memories and lifelong friends. ”

The signing appears to suggest that Warrington’s Australian winger Joel Monaghan, the current captain, is likely to return home at the end of the season, while Hull say they have already moved to secure a replacement in the form of an international outside back.

Hull owner Adam Pearson said: “It’s a good move for all parties and also gives us a significant transfer fee to reinvest in our squad and focus on key areas that we feel are more of a priority for us to strengthen, rather than the wing spot where we have some very exciting emerging talent coming through our system.

“We will continue to invest heavily in the playing group and I remain personally very committed to bringing the club success for a long time to come.

“I am very excited about our current targets and conversations that are close to being finalised.”

Published: Tuesday 9th June 2015 by The News Editor

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