Hull FC secure loan deal for Wigan Warriors forward ahead of London Broncos trip

Hull FC have completed a short-term loan deal for Wigan Warriors forward Tiaki Chan. Rugby League Live can reveal the 23-year-old will be in Simon Grix's 21-man squad for Sunday's trip to London Broncos after the Black and Whites secured a short-term loan arrangement.

Chan is a new signing at the DW Stadium after arriving from Catalans Dragons and has found first-team playing opportunities limited so far this season, making just two appearances. But he will now benefit from a spell at the MKM Stadium, with Hull moving quickly to replace Ed Chamberlain, who has been recalled by his parent club, Leigh Leopards.

Theoretically, Chan may only play one game for the club. The club's only game in the initial two-week period is against the Broncos, with the Black and Whites without a game next week as the Challenge Cup semi-finals will be played. However, he will give Grix a much-needed option in the back-row.

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Wigan boss Matt Peet admitted last week that Chan could head out on loan after playing for the club's reserves at the weekend. He scored as they defeated Hull KR's reserves 44-0.

Speaking to Wigan Today, Peet said: “In that 18, 19, 20, 21 members of the squad, you want to have cover across a range of positions.

“For example this week, Harvie Hill is the cover for the front-row, Sam Walters for the back-row, Ryan Hampshire for the spine positions and Zach Eckersley for the back-line.

“Even to make those cover positions, there’s competition. I think Tiaki understands that. He’s going to play for the reserves at the weekend and it might be moving forward, he plays a couple of weeks out on loan to get the game time he needs and to work his way back into our squad.

“It’s all about being the best prepared you can be and looking to improve every week as a player. If you’re going to improve by playing reserve grade or out on loan, to show that you’re ready for that first-team opportunity when it comes, then so be it.”