Hull FC have completed a deal to bring Huddersfield Giants winger Darnell McIntosh to the club after poaching the England Knights star from West Yorkshire.
The 24-year-old turned down a contract offer from the Giants to take up a three-year deal at the Black and Whites and will arrive at the MKM Stadium for the start of the 2022 season.
Adding a utility value with an ability to play full-back or centre, FC have recruited the Huddersfield native with an eye to the experienced try-scorer adding some much-needed pace out wide.
Having been at his hometown club for over 10 years, McIntosh admits it was a wrench to choose to leave the Giants, but says a switch to FC feels like a natural fit and he’s excited for the opportunity ahead.
“I’m really happy that the news is finally out there that I’m going to be playing in Black & White next season – as soon as the opportunity came across and I had the discussions with the club, I knew it was the right opportunity for me and I’m so pleased that the deal has been done,” said McIntosh.
“At this point in my career, I feel like it’s a great move for me. I know there is a lot of hard work ahead to get the rewards I’m hoping for, but I’m determined to do that and repay the faith the club have put in me.
“I’ve come through the ranks at Huddersfield and been in the system for over a decade since I was 13. I’ve had a lot of opportunities there and worked hard to get to a point where some people thought I would get to.
“I’ve worked hard for that, but I feel like it’s time for me to kick on now with a new challenge and reach my new goals at a great club like Hull with a good environment.”
McIntosh will effectively come in for Bureta Faraimo, who is being released by Hull and has since agreed a switch to Castleford Tigers to work under former coach Lee Radford.
McIntosh made his debut for the Giants against Hull FC in 2017 and a year later was the club’s top scorer, going on to play over 100 competitive games for the Giants.
FC coach Brett Hodgson is keen to reshape his squad a little for next season and while substantial changes won’t be made, McIntosh’s arrival forms part of a plan to make changes to the make-up of the squad.
The new wingman will have a big part to play in providing increased options in the backs, but also an injection of speed.
Speaking further on the deal, McIntosh added: “I had a few options, with staying at Huddersfield being one of them – it wasn’t an easy decision to leave the club after so long, but having explored my options, weighed everything up with my family and friends, this felt like the right and natural fit for me.
“I came away from my meetings with Brett feeling really comfortable and excited for the challenge ahead.”