Midway through 2009 Paul March arrived as player coach from York and steered the club to a playoff place. With a full pre season under our belts and a host of new signings Hunslet were ready to make a big impact on Championship 1 in 2010. The Hawks started the campaign in great style and went on to sweep all before them in the league, winning Championship 1 and securing promotion to the Championship.
In 2011 the main aim of the club was to retain its status. Paul March and his team put in some great performances which helped the club to avoid relegation by a single point, a great achievement by all involved, the first time a promoted club had gone up and stayed up! Barry Eaton was installed as the clubs full time head coach and for the 2012 season and HIST officialy took ownership of the club in February 2012. The Hawks managed to avoid the dreaded “Wooden Spoon” in 2012 beating arch rivals York in our final game of the season 28-26. 2012 was a tough season on the pitch and 2013 proved to be even tougher as the Hawks were relegated to Championship 1 despite gaining 12 bonus points and 6 wins.
2014 saw the Hawks finish second in the regular league season, but as in 1999 the Hawks then went on to lift the Championship One trophy beating Oldham Roughyeds in the Grand Final 17-16 with Thomas Coyle landing a 68th minute drop goal. The Hawks are now promoted back to the championship, where we will face the likes of Bradford Bulls and London Broncos.