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Welham commits future to the Robins

Kris Welham has committed his future to the Robins by signing a contract extension that will see him stay at Craven Park until the end of the 2015 season.

The 24-year-old's current deal was due to expire at the end of the coming campaign but having agreed the extension he will spend the next four seasons in the famous red and white shirt.

Welham is a proud product of the club's youth system and has scored 63 tries in 102 appearances since making his debut in a National League fixture at Leigh back in August 2006.

His 26 tries in just 31 games last season made him the most prolific centre in Super League and he was rewarded by being called into the England Knights squad last October.

With the excitement building ahead of Friday's Super League opener at Leeds Rhinos and the contract situation all sorted, Welham is looking forward to another big season in 2012.

"It's great to have it all done and I'm just concentrating on playing rugby now," he said. "There were other clubs showing an interest but Hull KR was always the place that I wanted to be at.

"I've grown up here and the only reason I would have left was if the club didn't want me. Luckily that wasn't the case and when they offered me the three year extension I was delighted to sign on the dotted line.

"It was never about money really. I've been at Hull KR a long time, I love the place, I live just around the corner and get on great with the players, the coaching staff, the supporters and everyone else involved with the club."

Meanwhile, Rovers' Head Coach, Craig Sandercock, is delighted to have tied Welham down to a long-term deal and said:

"It is great news for the club and our supporters that Kris has extended his contract with us. He is a class player who I believe will play for his country. Even better though, Kris is a quality person who is a thorough professional, trains hard and is willing to learn.

"I also believe that the best of Kris Welham is yet to come. It is fantastic that Rovers will get the benefits that Kris brings to the table over the next few years."

Photo: Welham commits future to the Robins