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Bowden extends Hull stay

Hull forward Josh Bowden has signed a new contract that will keep him at the KC Stadium until the end of 2016.

The 22-year-old prop has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal after establishing himself in the team following an encouraging first 18 months with the Black and Whites.

Hull coach Lee Radford said: "You can see what we're trying to achieve here in the squad we're building with deals for players like Josh, Jamie Shaul, Tom Lineham, Ben Crooks and Chris Green, all young players with big futures ahead of them.

"It's great that the players can see that too from within our camp and understand what it means to play for Hull, so it was very straight forward with Josh.

"He wants to be a Hull player, he is a Hull lad and he is starting to show us that passion and enthusiasm in the way he is playing for us, which is something you can't sign or coach into a player, it's invaluable."

Bowden, who has made 25 Super League appearances, said: "It's always been my intention to stay at Hull. They're my home-town club and I couldn't see myself playing anywhere else at the moment.

"I was made aware of one or two other offers that had come in for me but that has never crossed my mind. I'm only focused on playing for Hull and playing well and it's pleasing to have been rewarded with a new deal."