Ben McNamara's new club confirmed as ex-Hull FC halfback joins Super League team

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Ben McNamara's new club confirmed as ex-Hull FC halfback joins Super League team

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The youngster has departed the MKM Stadium.

Ben McNamara says the opportunity to work under Adrian Lam was a key reason behind his move to Leigh Leopards, with the former Hull FC halfback's next move confirmed. The youngster has signed a two-year contract with the Challenge Cup champions following his release from the MKM Stadium.

McNamara departs Hull after making his debut in 2020. He made 30 appearances for the club, including nine this season, scoring two tries and 23 goals. The Black and Whites have already secured a replacement, with Morgan Smith's arrival from Wakefield Trinity essentially seeing him take on the halfback/hooker role previously taken on by Leigh's new addition.

McNamara and Lam have history, with the latter working with the former during their time at Sydney Roosters. Super League's coach of the year was working with the club's junior teams while McNamara was in the system in the early years of his career.

“I would like to thank Adrian, Chris and Derek for the opportunity to play for such a great club and in front of an amazing set of fans," he said. "I’m grateful to be joining at such an exciting time off the back of the team’s success in 2023.

The chance to play under Adrian was a massive attraction for me. I believe in his values as coach and his desire to develop players is important for me at this point in my career. The Leopards’ style of play is also something that I look forward to being a part of. Their physicality in defence and fluid attack has been impressive to watch. The playing group seems to have a real togetherness and some great leaders who I’m looking forward to playing with.

“Lammy coached Ben a few years ago at the Roosters and has kept tabs on him,” explained Leopards Head of Rugby Chris Chester. “Ben is a good quality halfback or hooker with a good kicking game. “He’s still very young and he’s a tough competitor. He brings skill and versatility into our squad and having watched him play at Hull FC I’m looking forward to seeing him kick on in his career with our club."

Commenting on the signing, Leigh's head of rugby, Chris Chester, said: “Ben had a good education in Australia and played his early rugby with one of the best and biggest clubs in the Roosters. I think he will be a good signing. He adds depth to our squad and brings good competition to the halfbacks and nines and I’d expect him to be a regular first team player in 2024.”

McNamara becomes Leigh's seventh signing. They have already signed Owen Trout, Dan Norman, Louis Brogan, Lewis Baxter, Kavan Rothwell and Jack Darbyshire. Further additions are expected. ... ed-8833889
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