Chris Hankinson believes there is a bit of ‘unfinished business’ between himself and Salford Red Devils.
The centre has joined the club where he progressed through the ranks at youth level, before enjoying nearly a decade at various sides across the north of England.
His most recent appearances in the Betfred Super League were for Toulouse Olympique in 2022 where, despite relegation, he was certainly a standout performer.
“It’s a great feeling,” Hankinson told our YouTube channel in his first interview back at the club.
“It has kind of been a full circle, for me. It’s been just short of ten years since I left and now I’m back, but it feels right, a bit of unfinished business.”
One major influence in his decision to join the Red Devils was our Head Coach, someone Hankinson shares a close relationship with.
He has revealed how Rowley was pivotal in his transition from a back-rower to a centre, and says a reuniting with him was on the cards for a while.
“I’ve had a good relationship with Rowls over the past few years and he was the guy who actually made me transition from the second-row, into a centre,” Hankinson continued.
“It has been coming for a few years now and it never really materialised into anything until probably the last 48/72 hours where it became a real possibility.”
It’s not just Rowley who our new addition shares a close bond with. He has shared a dressing room with a lot of our current sqaud; including Marc Sneyd during his spell in the youth set-up.
He said: “I’m still quite close friends with a couple of the boys here.
“I speak to them regularly and I asked – I don’t think they knew why – how’s the environment, how’s the atmosphere and how are they enjoying it – and they’ve only had good things to say.”
To hear our chat with Chris in full, click HERE to head to our YouTube channel.