Former Hull FC starlet Jack Logan considered early retirement before joining Batley Bulldogs
JACK Logan admitted he had considered an early retirement before joining Batley Bulldogs last week.
The 25-year-old former Hull FC player arrived at the Bulldogs on Saturday but after an extended period out of the game, he had thought about calling it quits for good.
He spent the start of the curtailed 2020 campaign with League 1 Doncaster before his girlfriend became pregnant with his son, Lake, who was born three weeks ago.
The change in circumstances left Logan, who played 40 times for Hull and had a loan spell at Toronto Wolfpack, pondering if he would return to rugby league.
The hunger returned once he saw his friends within the game returning to training and reached out to new Batley player Kieran Buchanan, who he played with at the Black and Whites.
Buchanan put Logan in touch with Bulldogs head coach Craig Lingard and 24 hours later he was officially a Batley player after signing a deal at Mount Pleasant.
"It has been a long time out, I was at Doncaster last year. We had a long pre-season and then only played a few games before our season got cancelled, just like every other team in the league," he said.
"It was tough at the time because everyone was fit and raring to go.
"My girlfriend fell pregnant and we had a little boy called Lake three weeks ago. My aim was to not play rugby and I considered not coming back and calling it an early retirement.
"I spoke to Kieran Buchanan last week and asked if there was anything and if could speak to the coach. Linners [Craig Lingard] gave me a call and within 24 hours there was a deal signed.
"I am very excited. The coaches are very welcoming and I have spoken to the more experienced lads here.
"I am really looking forward to it, I think I have timed it well because the games start in three weeks!"
Logan has previously been on the opposing side against the Bulldogs, facing Batley while he was a player at Toronto.
He played as a full-back during his short stint at Doncaster and feels he can bring plenty of depth to Lingard's side.
"I played against Batley when I was on loan at Toronto in 2019 and the skill level then was very good," he added.
"It is good to see how the team go and there is a lot of skill in the team. I am delighted, it is quite refreshing and I'm excited to know I can play with players like that because it helps me."
He continued: "I like a bit of early ball, rather than running the lines.
"Hopefully I can bring a bit of flair, speed and power through the centres. There are some big centres here already.
"I can play a couple of positions, I can fill in on the wing. For Doncaster last year I was their full-back. So I can bring a bit of depth."