Club agree to Lovegrove release

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Club agree to Lovegrove release

Hull Kingston Rovers have agreed to release long-serving forward Rhys Lovegrove from the final year of his contract with the club on compassionate grounds.

The 27-year-old’s deal with the Robins ran until the end of 2015 but he will now cut short his stay at the KC Lightstream Stadium for family reasons.

Speaking to, he said: “I’ve been here a long time but it’s coming to the stage now where I need to put my family before my career.

“We’ve loved our time here but there are other experiences we are looking forward to. My kids are getting older and my partner has sacrificed a lot of things to live in Hull and support me as a professional player. It’s time I returned the favour.

“I’ve spent basically my entire adult life in Hull and speaking to Libby about where we want to be in a few years’ time and wanting to be closer to family, we’ve come to realise that me playing for Hull KR no longer fits into that.

“We’ve had a long hard think about it and it’s not been an easy decision to come to. I’m 27 and I feel like I’ve still got my best years ahead of me, so I’d like to continue playing footy but at this stage we don’t know where that may be.

“I’ll be here until the end of the season and we’ve got a big three games coming up. As a club, with the fan base, the history and the team sheet that we’ve got, we should be in the play-offs and hopefully I can play my part in us getting into the top eight during the next few weeks.”

A former Australian Schoolboys international, Lovegrove joined the club in 2007 from St George Illawarra Dragons and has racked up 159 appearances for the Robins, scoring 19 tries.

Hull KR chief executive Mike Smith added: “Rhys has served Hull Kingston Rovers with distinction over the past eight seasons and has always been popular with the club’s fans, thanks largely to his commitment on and off the field.

“We fully understand the reasons for him wanting to move on at the end of the season and we thank him for his service.

“On behalf of everybody at the club, I’d like to wish Rhys and his family all the very best for the future.”

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