GALLERY: HANKINSON BACK WHERE IT STARTED!

View the best images as Chris Hankinson completed a transfer to Salford Red Devils.

As 2024 ticks closer and closer, Paul Rowley has made a new addition to his squad – and it’s a face he knows very well.

Hankinson is a classy centre, who has a lot of power to storm past the line, but also possesses plenty of skill with ball in hand to create an opportunity out of nothing.

He made 18 appearances and scored eight tries last season with Championship League Leaders shield-winning Featherstone Rovers, but will now be making the step back up to the Betfred Super League after a year away.

As ever, club photographer, Steve McCormick was in attendance to capture what he got up to on signing day:


A FAMILIAR FACE

First on Chris’ media duties was a signing interview – check it out on YouTube here.


SAYING HELLO!

Chris filmed his first message to supporters after his move to Salford Red Devils was confirmed.


S-A-L-F-O-R-D

All smiles for our new man, who is excited to make a difference in Paul Rowley’s side.


ON FAMILIAR TERRITORY

Chris played in the first-ever fixture at the Salford Stadium.


IMPRESSED!

Taking on a new TikTok filter, Chris was quietly impressed with his skills!


ALL OF THE LIGHTS

A back-rower in previous years, it was our Head Coach who transitioned Hankinson into a centre.


HANKINSON: “I’M PLAYING MY BEST RUGBY!”

Chris Hankinson thinks he is playing the ‘best rugby’ of his career at this moment in time.

Signing a two-year deal, the 30-year-old has already joined his new teammates for pre-season training, becoming our seventh addition of the off-season.

Hankinson is now a natural centre after his transition from the back-row, making 18 appearances for Featherstone Rovers during 2023, scoring eight tries.

“I like to be known as a bit off-the-cuff,” Hankinson told our YouTube channel during his first interview.

“I take pride in my defence. I think over the last few years, I have really matured as a player and now I’m playing my best rugby, so I like to be putting points in, assisting where I can – but more or less just helping the team.”

After spending time in our youth set-up in the early 2010’s, Hankinson has gone-on to enjoy a long career in professional rugby league, including a spell at his hometown club, Wigan Warriors.

He says it was a time that matured him as player.

“That’s it for me. Moving to a club like Wigan when I did was huge for me, for developing into the player I am now,” he continued.

“It really raised the standards of what I uphold with training, with everything in life now.

“I know I’ve really matured into the person I want to be, but I know there’s still a lot I can give and a lot Rowls can get out of me as well.”

Ever since Paul Rowley became Head Coach, supporters have enjoyed an expansive, excited brand of rugby.

It’s a style of play Hankinson is very excited to be a part of, but also one he has kept a keen eye on at other clubs in recent years.

“To be fair, even at previous clubs, I’ve said: ‘I wish we’d do this’ – seeing how Salford do it,” the centre said.

“They way they play, they can be dangerous from anywhere on the park and I know that’s a big part of Rowls’ DNA, and it was the same a Leigh a number of years ago – it’s always been attractive to me.”

To see our full chat with Chris, click HERE to head to our YouTube channel.

HANKINSON: “A BIT OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS!”

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.

CHRIS HANKINSON SIGNS FOR SALFORD RED DEVILS

We are delighted to reveal the singing of Chris Hankinson on a two-year deal.

The centre becomes the seventh addition of the off-season, following Nene Macdonald, Ethan Ryan, Cade Cust, Joe Shorrocks, Matty Foster, and Kai Morgan, through the door.

Hankinson actually began his rugby league journey at Salford, progressing through the junior ranks before kick-starting his professional career at the then-Leigh Centurions.

He has since enjoyed spells at Barrow Raiders, Swinton Lions, London Broncos, Toulouse Olympique, Featherstone Rovers and his hometown club, Wigan Warriors.

The 30-year-old has already joined up with his new teammates for pre-season training and will look to hit the ground running in 2024.

In reaction to signing for the club, Hankinson has said: “I am really happy to be joining Salford.

“It is a club that I hold close to me, as it’s where it all started. I can’t wait to get going and run out with the lads in front of the fans!”

Head Coach, Paul Rowley has also said: “The group and I are delighted to welcome Chris to Salford.

“He is a very accomplished player who, in my opinion, epitomises dedication and perseverance to being the best he can be.

“Chris is the type of player we want in our environment; versatile, a great character and the ultimate professional.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, has added: “I am delighted to finally bring Chris into our club.

“He is a player our Head Coach has wanted to bring to the club for some time now, and someone Paul knows well.

“I believe Chris has made a great decision to join us and I cannot wait to see a very talented player challenging for the Red Devils shirt, and for Chris to perform to his best ability in our backline.”

Everyone at Salford Red Devils would like to welcome Chris to the club and look forward to seeing him run out in a red shirt.

Join our new man at the Salford Stadium by buying your 2024 season ticket HERE!

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