Head Coach Gary Thornton sponsored by Alpine Aluminium has today named his 19 man squad for the visit to Coventry Bears on Sunday. The game will be played at Rugby Lions with a 3pm kick off.

Club captain Duane Straughier is still absent due to injury as is Jack Lee and Danny Nicklas (elbow).

Tommy Brierley is included following a long layoff and Ryan Wright has been re-called from his loan spell at Keighley Cougars, Zach Braham is fit again and Simon Brown is set for his 2nd debut for the club following his loan move from Dewsbury Rams.

Meanwhile recent signing from Toulouse Romain Pallares has returned home having struggled to settle. Gary Thornton said “I’m really sorry it hasn’t worked out for Romain, and he has decided to return to France.

“He come over to give it a go and experience the English game, and he backed himself, but has struggled to adjust to the changes needed and the part time environment.

“It was always going to be tough for him coming in at this stage of the season, with a lot to deal with integrating into an established team, a different language, and a new culture.

“He wasn’t able to fully impose himself enough in training and in games to command that pivotal position, but I have to admire him for getting himself over and backing himself.

“I’d also like to thank Steve Brady for accommodating him during his stay. He has left on good terms, and enjoyed his experience, but with an opportunity to start pre-season over in France over the next month or so, he has decided to return home now.

“He has asked me to wish everyone associated with Hunslet all the very best for the future. I wish him good luck in his next venture.”

Squad in full:

1. Jimmy Watson
2. Gareth Potts
3. Tom Ashton
4. Ben Heaton
5. Dale Bloomfield
10. Adam Robinson
11. Josh Tonks
13. Mike Emmett
14. Ryan Wright
15. Michael Haley
16. Zach Braham
17. Dan Hawksworth
20. Vila Halafihi
21. Reece Dean
23. Nathan Chappell
24. Tommy Brierley
Jon Luke Kirby (Loan)
Charlie Martin (Loan)
Simon Brown (Loan)