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Thursday, 8 August, 2002, 00:53 GMT 01:53 UK
Hull sign Broncos ace Barnett
Richie Barnett in his current club colours of the London Broncos
Leeds also wanted Barnett's services
Hull FC have completed the signing of Kiwi star Richie Barnett.

The 31-year-old, who is in the second and final year of his contract with the London Broncos, has agreed a two-year deal.


Richie Barnett is in that top echelon of elite players
Hull FC coach
Shaun McRae

Barnett, who has been sidelined by illness for the past five weeks, said he was sorry to leave London.

"I'm not getting any younger and Hull came up with an offer I was very pleased with," said Barnett.

"I've enjoyed my time with London and it will be sad to leave a lot of top people at the club."

Hull coach Shaun McRae is a big fan of Barnett, having worked with him as an assistant coach to the Kiwis during the 1995 World Cup.

"There are players who I put in the champion category, and in my opinion Richie Barnett is in that top echelon of elite players," said McRae.

Hull fended off challenges from Leeds and the Broncos to land Barnett, who is likely to be used at outside centre instead of full-back where he has played much of his career.

"I'm looking forward to getting closer to the action," said Barnett.

"I only played there a few times for London but I was in the centres all the time for the Roosters (Sydney City)."


I'm feeling pretty good now so it shouldn't be too long until I'm back up to scratch
Richie Barnett

Barnett is due to end his spell on the sidelines in two weeks' time.

"I've had to take six weeks off because of complications with a very bad flu virus," he said.

"We didn't know what it was so I went to visit England's Olympic doctor and he diagnosed my condition as Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome.

"The virus actually dropped my recovery rate and, over the last six weeks, it's been a slow process of building it back up to what it was.

"I'm feeling pretty good now so it shouldn't be too long until I'm back up to scratch."

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