Hull FC announce capture of former Wakefield Wildcat Gareth Ellis from Wests Tigers

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HULL FC have won the race to sign former Wakefield Trinity Wildcat Gareth Ellis from Wests Tigers.

The Airlie Birds announced the capture of the England international today with Ellis to arrive at the KC Stadium for the 2013 Super League season.

The 30-year-old second row requested an early release from his contract with NRL side Wests to return to his homeland, alerting a whole host of Super League clubs.

But the Black and Whites, whose head coach Peter Gentle worked with Ellis at Wests, have secured his services on a three-year contract.

“I was lucky to have a few clubs interested, but I’ve been listening to Hull and to the ambition they have got and the prospects they’re trying to put in place for the future and the bottom line for me was that it was a great time to be involved with Hull FC,” Ellis told the official Hull FC website.

He continued: “I said originally that I would maybe like to return to one of my old clubs or my hometown club in Castleford but when I looked at it and thought about it more, I realised I still really wanted to win things and achieve things and I really believe I can do that at Hull FC.”

Ellis was born in Castleford but came through the youth ranks with Wakefield and broke into the first team in 2000, going on to play over 100 games in the red, white and blue.

He moved on to play a similar amount of games for Leeds Rhinos before a move to the NRL with Wests, where he’s excelled and won the club’s Player of the Year award for the last three seasons.

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