Hull FC have added more size to their forward pack with the signing of Lewis Bienek from London Broncos.
The 19-year-old joins the Black & Whites on a three and a half year deal with immediate effect, but will be loaned back to the capital for the remainder of the season, where he will look to help protect the Broncos’ impressive unbeaten run so far this season.
Bienek, who is of Polish descent, has established a strong profile in his early rugby league years with London, with a reputation of tackle busts and barnstorming runs.
After breaking through the London academy system, his debut for the Broncos came in the Championship back in 2016. That was his only appearance in 2016, but Bienek went on to make a further 13 appearances for Danny Ward’s side last season.
Bienek stands at 6’2 and weighs 19 stone, making him an obstacle for even the biggest of prop forwards in the top flight.
Speaking to hullfc.com about his move to East Yorkshire, Bienek says that he chose Hull because he felt that the environment was like home.
“I chose Hull because I felt it would be the right environment for me. There’s some great players and outstanding facilities,” Beinek said.
“Scott Taylor and Mickey Paea are two players who I look up to. They play very similar rugby to the style I like to play, and I’m looking forward to working with them.”
“Scott Taylor and Mickey Paea are two players who I look up to. They play very similar rugby to the style I like to play, and I’m looking forward to working with them.
“I was impressed with the success that Hull have had in the last two years, winning the Challenge Cup, and I’m hungry to enjoy some of that.”
Such impressive performances have made the Polish born prop forward a sought after player over the last 12 months.
A number of Super League clubs have been in hot pursuit of the aggressive front-rower, as well as at least one NRL side, but ultimately the back-to-back Challenge Cup winners managed to secure the services of Bienek.
And head coach Lee Radford says he was delighted that the 19-year old chose to join the Black & Whites.
“I’m really pleased to have secured the signature of Lewis, especially with the competition that we’ve had from other clubs in Super League and the NRL,” he said.
“I was very impressed with his honesty and the hunger that he has to be a successful rugby player. He’ll fit into our group very well with that sort of attitude.
“We’ve secured one of the best front row prospects in the British game and I’m very much looking forward to seeing him develop along with some of the talent that we already have in that department.”
Bienek has already been to visit the club, taking a look around the Elite Performance Centre and meeting his new Black & Whites team mates.
Although he has joined Hull with immediate effect, the youngster will return to the Trailfinders Sports Ground to see out the remainder of the 2018 season on loan with London.
The Broncos have been the pacemakers in the Betfred Championship so far this campaign.
Their unbeaten run has stretched to five games and they are now fancied to challenge for a return to Super League, with Bienek likely to play a role in their promotion push.
Speaking to hullfc.com, Executive Director James Clark said: “We’d like to thank London for the professional and diligent manner in which they have conducted themselves throughout these negotiations, and their approach to nurturing and developing players of Lewis’ calibre.”
“Lewis has a great opportunity to continue his progression in first grade rugby with the Broncos under their head coach Danny Ward, ahead of joining up with our club in the autumn.
“I know that Lewis wants to play a big role in London’s efforts to achieve promotion to Super League this season.”