Rovers sign Minikin on two year deal

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Hull KR have confirmed the signing of centre/winger Greg Minikin from Castleford Tigers on a two year contract.

Minikin has played for four years for the Tigers, and helped the West Yorkshire club to the League Leaders Shield in 2017.

He will join Shaun Kenny-Dowell, Dean Hadley, Jez Litten, Jordan Abdull, Ethan Ryan, Harvey Livett and Matty Gee at Hull College Craven Park next season.

“I am really happy and excited to be joining Hull Kingston Rovers,” he said. “I have only heard good things about the club from the players that I have spoken to in the past.

“The deal to come here was done quite a while ago. It was a relief when it all got sorted and I could then focus on finishing well with Castleford ahead of coming here for 2020.

“I met with Tony Smith for the first time only a couple of weeks ago. It was really interesting; I was a bit nervous beforehand, but he was a really nice guy and we chatted about all things pre-season. It has made me even more excited to join Rovers.

“I want to improve further on my game. I know the team has signed some great players next season that I can learn from and improve to be the best player that I can. I have watched Ethan Ryan, a fair bit, and he’s a really good finisher. Shaun Kenny-Dowall has played at the top level for New Zealand and in the NRL, and he is somebody that I can really learn from.”

Meanwhile, the club have announced the return to Willie Poching as an assistant to Tony Smith. He replaces James Webster who is rumoured to be taking the Head Coach position at Featherstone Rovers.

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