Tigers utility back heads to England subject to visa

Jy Hitchcox

He got a chance to play in first-grade for the Wests Tigers late on and he will have a chance to push for first-grade on the other side of the world, with Jy Hitchcox signing with English Championship side, the Featherstone Rovers.

At 25, the versatile utility back is adept at fullback, centre and wing and with previous stints at the Gold Coast Titans and Melbourne Storm, he is well accustomed to the game of rugby league.

Playing in over 60 games in the NSW Cup and enjoying a stint in rugby union with the Manly Marlins, the former Australian U18 player will be welcomed graciously at the Rovers pending visa clearance.

“Jy is a player we have been watching who has a good pedigree and is player who can cover a number of positions,” said Rovers head coach, Andy Hay.

“He has played all over the field and he even filled in at hooker at one point last season for the Tigers at New South Wales Cup level so he’s a pretty tough player. I think he will add plenty of speed on the outside and he has good ball skills so he will be an asset to us.

“His capture creates further competition in our three-quarter line and I’m looking forward to him arriving at the club and fighting for a place in the team. It’s important that we have healthy competition throughout the squad next year and Jy certainly provides that.”

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