Hull FC raid Leigh Leopards again despite loan approach being dismissed

Hull FC have signed Oliver Holmes from Leigh Leopards for the 2025 season and beyond. Following a report from Rugby League Long Reads, the Black and Whites have completed their second signing from the Leythers, with John Asiata already acquired from the club on a three-year deal.

However, Hull Live understands that Hull made a move to get Holmes to the club this year, with the view to getting him in on loan. That move, ultimately, has been unsuccessful, with Holmes instead joining the club at the expiration of his current contract at the end of the season.

Hull have identified the back row position this year with director of rugby Richie Myler keen to add experience to the club. Settling into his new role over the last week few weeks, Myler has already signed Tom Briscoe for the next 18 months with the veteran winger making his second debut for the Black and Whites at Warrington Wolves last Friday night.

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Holmes, meanwhile, fits the profile of player Hull are looking at. The current 31-year-old, who turns 32 in August, has made 283 career appearances to date having come through the grades at Castleford Tigers.

The West Yorkshire-born edge forward played for over ten years at Castleford having debuted in 2010. He followed Daryl Powell to Warrington in 2022 and signed for Leigh ahead of 2023.

On the fringes of the Leigh side, Holmes, a Challenge Cup winner last season, has played five times so far this year. He also featured for England in 2018 and has also played for England Knights.