Hull FC have announced the signing of young forward Joe Cator on a two-year deal.
First documented by us fanzine folk a couple of months ago (that’s the cool thing to say now right?), Cator becomes Hull FC’s eighth signing for 2020.
Cator is 21-years-old and signs from Championship club Leigh. He is a Hull-born academy product of our cross-city neighbours that just happens to support Hull FC.
Another option in the forwards for Lee Radford to call upon, Cator offers some depth to both the first team and reserve squads. He can play loose forward, back row, hooker and centre.
Speaking to the clubs official website Cator said: “I’m absolutely buzzing to be a Hull FC player; I feel like its been a long-time coming having been a supporter since I was a kid. It’s a massive opportunity for me over the next two-years.
“I was in a good position at the end of the season so I was lucky enough to have a few options in Super League but as soon as Hull came calling, my hometown and boyhood club, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
“As soon as I spoke to Lee, I knew that it was the only club I wanted to sign for and now I want to get a big pre-season under my belt to kick things off.”
Cator is a product of the old enemy, and has top flight experience with them after coming through local amateur side Skirlaugh.
He played against Hull FC before the controversial City of Hull Academy spilt, and continued to play for them afterwards.
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford said: “Joe plays with a really impressive attitude and I think that can be really infectious.
“His utility value is huge, being able to play at loose-forward or hooker. Our squad is smaller in size for 2020 but his utility makes up for that.
“The development in his game has come from playing week-in, week-out for Leigh over the past year. His challenge now is to do that here, with some really top players around him.
“He is going to be training with and learning from some big names and his aim is to take a little bit from all of them and add that into his own game.
“I’ve known Joe for a number of years since he was a young lad. He has always had that good energy when he has played and I’m a real admirer of his.”
Cator is the eighth addition for 2020, adding to the signings of Josh Jones, Adam Swift, Jordan Johnstone, Manu Ma’u, Mahe Fonua, Ligi Sao and Tevita Satae.