After London Broncos confirmed the signing of Hull FC’s Jordan Abdull on a one-year permanent deal, the 22-year-old admitted that he has a point to prove in Super League after joining the capital club.
Abdull handed in a transfer request in August, surprising many Hull FC fans, keen to secure more regular rugby league which was hard to come by with the Airlie Birds. Because the half-back – who also played at loose-forward – had a year remaining on his deal with Lee Radford’s team, the Broncos have paid an undisclosed fee to bring the youngster to London.
While he handed the transfer request in three months ago, the interest from the Broncos only surfaced in the last week and Abdull thanked both clubs for getting the deal completed in such hasty fashion. “It’s a credit to both clubs for making it happen so quickly,” he told the media. “I do want to thank Hull for how they’ve handled the situation and how smoothly they’ve been able to get the deal done with London.”
Indeed, 2019 will mark the first campaign of Abdull’s career where he is playing his club rugby outside of the north. During his time with Hull FC – who he made over fifty appearances for – he experienced loan spells with Doncaster, Featherstone and cross-city rivals Hull KR, helping the latter win promotion back to Super League in 2016. After securing his move, one which is likely to provide him with a regular first-team jersey, he admitted that the pressure is now on him to show his class. “I do feel very fortunate and blessed, but I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason,” he explained, adding that “hopefully I can have a good year on the field and help the side in every way that I can.”
Abdull also revealed that he is excited at being a part of a team who plays such an expansive style of rugby league while teaming up with hooker James Cunningham and maverick pivot Jarrod Sammut was part of London’s lure. The Broncos’ head coach Danny Ward was also eager to see how Abdull both complements and adds to the capital club’s team. “We are very pleased to have Jordan on board at the Broncos,” Ward told the media. “He is an exciting, young British half-back who already has Super League experience with Hull FC. He’s a player I have liked since I coached the Academy against him a few years ago and am now really looking forward to working with him as we move into the 2019 season.”