Harrogate duo Callum Irvine and Lewis Minikin fly nest to Hull Ionians following Yorkshire Cup triumph

Callum Irvine looked set to move on to Doncaster Knights last year before injury caused the move to break down (Photo: Richard Bown)
Callum Irvine looked set to move on to Doncaster Knights last year before injury caused the move to break down (Photo: Richard Bown)
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Star players Callum Irvine and Lewis Minikin are following director of rugby Mike Aspinall out of Harrogate Rugby Club and step up to National One next season.

The talented backs have been snapped up by Hull Ionians.

Lewis Minikin scored 23 points in Harrogate's 38-3 Yorkshire Cup final win over Sheffield Tigers (Photo: Richard Bown)

Lewis Minikin scored 23 points in Harrogate's 38-3 Yorkshire Cup final win over Sheffield Tigers (Photo: Richard Bown)

The pair, who graduated as Harrogate colts, went out on a high by securing a second consecutive Yorkshire Cup triumph for the club in Wednesday night's 38-3 win over Sheffield Tigers.

Minikin scored 23 points in an impeccable performance, which was capped by a converted try in the match's final play.

Aspinall said: “It’s obviously very tough to leave the club, being Harrogate juniors, but they want to progress their careers and they've perceived that as the right way to progress with me leaving.”

Irvine, a Scotland U20s international, had been set to join Championship side Doncaster Knights last summer but the move fell through after the Harrogate fly-half suffered an ankle injury.

Minikin has taken over kicking responsibilities at Rudding Lane this season and has produced a number of high-quality displays in Harrogate’s seventh-placed finish in National Two North.

“They have been outstanding for the jersey and the club,” added Aspinall.

“When they told me, I was really surprised but I was quite proud of them. They had deliberated really hard.