Wakefield Trinity’s Ryan Hampshire reveals he had talks with Hull KR

Wakefield's Ryan Hampshire. Picture Tony JohnsonWakefield's Ryan Hampshire. Picture Tony Johnson
Wakefield's Ryan Hampshire. Picture Tony Johnson
RYAN Hampshire almost became a Hull KR player in 2020 after the Wakefield Trinity star was briefly left without a contract at the conclusion of the 2019 campaign

The utility back played every Super League match for Wakefield last season but was unable to agree a new deal before the end of the campaign. He scored two tries in the final match of the season against London Broncos, helping Trinity secure their top-flight status.

The 25-year-old from Wakefield also came close to playing every single minute of the Super League season but was sin-binned in the final minutes of the victory over London.

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Hampshire had begun talks in April over a new deal at Belle Vue but negotiations broke down leaving him looking for a contract elsewhere.

“I could have went about things better but I felt I needed to be true to myself and believe that what I was doing was right,” he said.

“A lot of things went on in the media and stuff. The end of the season came about and I talked to a few clubs.

“I spoke to Hull KR and with Tony Smith and Danny McGuire and they outlined their plans for Hull and you can see how many players they’ve signed this year, a lot of young kids, and they were looking to develop people.”

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Hampshire went on holiday following his meeting with the Robins and after losing his phone for five days his manager finally reached him to inform him Wakefield were keen on a new deal.

The former Wigan Warriors player agreed a two-year contract following further talks and added: “I met with Chris Chester and Wakefield said they knew I didn’t want to leave and they didn’t want me to leave either. We had a good few days where me, Michael Carter, Chezzy and my manager said our thoughts and then got a two-year deal sorted.”

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