Hull FC secure Championship loan move for young hooker Denive Balmforth

Denive Balmforth in action for Hull FC.
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Young Hull FC hooker Denive Balmforth has joined Swinton Lions on loan. The 20-year-old will spend the next two weeks at least at the Championship club, with the view of getting some first-team gametime, starting against Featherstone Rovers next week.

Balmforth has made two appearances in Super League for Hull this year, featuring in games at Warrington Wolves and St Helens. He has also played in half a dozen reserve games.

Of course, Balmforth is no stranger to the Championship. He played the entire 2023 season on loan at Newcastle Thunder, scoring six tries in 26 appearances.

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He made his Hull debut in the 2022 season, having signed from Warrington, and went on to make four appearances, with the hooker recently tasked by Francis Cummins to get more consistency to his game and avoid any 'switch offs.'

Cummins told Hull Live last week: "For Denive, and the same goes for a few other young boys, it’s the inconsistency of his game. The top end is really good. When he starts to run and he gets a quick play of the ball, he can sense an opportunity quicker than other people, but you've got to be the all-round package or something close to it.

"There's also an all-time great ahead of him in that position. But to get into that squad, you've got to be able to come in and not give much away, and I think, if we're being honest, Denive has a bit to go. It's not quite there where he can hold it all together. He can do something really good, and then there may be a switch-off.

"That's his age. He’s a young man. Danny Houghton wasn't the Danny Houghton that we see now when he was 18 and 19. That's the thing. We've just got to get these players some confidence so they know their roles, they can hold it together, and they can get some minutes and hopefully progress and get a start.”

Balmforth is out of contract at the end of the season.

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