Cornwall Sign Nathan Cullen For 2023
October 21, 2022
Cornwall RLFC have secured the services of Nathan Cullen for the 2023 Betfred League 1 season.
The 19-year-old moves to the Memorial Ground after spending the past three years in the academy and reserve set ups at Super League outfit Hull Kingston Rovers.
Cullen cut his formative rugby teeth with the Cottingham Tigers and in 2019 joined the Robins. A regular with the Craven Park second string in 2022, Cullen signed for Cornwall on a season-long loan and in a productive debut against Keighley Cougars, scored his first senior try in a 56-12 reverse.
Hull born, Cullen would feature regularly for the Choughs during the second half of last term. He was part of the team that picked up the club’s first ever professional win when West Wales Raiders were defeated 24-4 in June.
Cullen finished the campaign strongly and scored the last of Cornwall’s five tries in a spirited 42-26 away reverse at Midlands Hurricanes on the final day of regular League 1 competition.
“Signing for Cornwall was a really easy decision,” he told cornwallrlfc.co.uk. “I made my mind up that I wanted to join after the win over West Wales Raiders. To be a part of that first ever win, with a top set of lads, was an unreal feeling.
“Moving to Cornwall gives me the opportunity to take my game onto the next level. I want to progress and I know Cornwall as a club wants to progress too. I will be relocating down to Cornwall as well in time for pre-season and I am really excited for that.
“This will help me develop not only as a rugby league player but as a person.”
Meanwhile, John Beach, Cornwall RLFC’s general manager, added: “We were really impressed with Nathan last year when he joined us on loan – both on and off the pitch.
“You can tell he has been part of a Super League system in terms of how he applies himself to everything he does. This kind of experience will be invaluable for our players who are still finding their feet at League 1 level. It will also be very helpful to our Cornish players taking their first steps in professional rugby league.”