League One

10 May 2022

Rochdale sign Jy Hitchcox on two-week loan

Rochdale sign Jy Hitchcox on two-week loan

Rochdale Hornets have announced the signing of Jy Hitchcox from Leigh Centurions on an initial two-week loan deal.

The 32-year-old adds more attacking threat to a side that has already scored 314 points, in just seven Betfred League One games this season.

The Australian brings a wealth of experience with him, having represented the likes of Wests Tigers, Castleford Tigers, and Bradford Bulls.

Hitchcox played in the 2017 Super League Grand Final for Castleford and scored 21 tries in 26 games as they won the League Leaders' Shield that year.

Since then, the winger has also plied his trade at Toulouse Olympique and helped the French outfit achieve their first ever promotion to Betfred Super League last season.

Hornets chairman, Andy Mazey, is thrilled to have signed someone of Hitchcox's calibre.

He said: "We are absolutely delighted to bring a player of Jy's quality to Rochdale Hornets.

"(Head Coach) Matt Calland has been keen to strengthen his backline options and you only need to look at Jy's tryscoring record, in Super League and the top end of Championship, to appreciate how big of a coup this is for Hornets - and the League One competition as a whole.

"I would like to personally go on record and thank Chris Chester, and Derek Beaumont, at Leigh for their support on this one."

While Hitchcox's deal is only a short-term one, through his career he has demonstrated his ability to hit the ground running and is the only player in history to score on debut in all tiers of professional Rugby League - in both hemispheres.

He'll be hoping to maintain this unprecedented record when Hornets make the trip to Keighley Cougars this Sunday (3pm kick-off).