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Jonathan joins Adam at Craven Park

The Robins have continued their recruitment for 2014 by securing the signature of Castleford Tigers prop, Jonathan Walker.

The 22-year-old has penned a three-year deal with the club and will link up with his brother, Adam, in the red and whites’ ranks for next season and beyond. An aggressive front rower, Walker burst onto the Super League scene at Castleford in 2010 with a string of big performances from the bench.

He’ll add that aggression to a Robins’ pack which will also contain the likes of Michael Weyman, Neville Costigan and Jamie Langley next year and the former Bradford Bulls academy star can’t wait to get started.

“I first heard of Hull KR’s interest a couple of months ago and spoke to my brother, and Jake Webster, about the club,” he said. “They both had nothing but good things to say about the place and every time I spoke with Adam last season all he talked about was how much he enjoys it at Hull KR.

“I’ve watched him progress, play plenty of minutes and really enjoy his rugby and it’s something which I aspire to as well. As brothers, we are competitive and I think playing together will help to drive us on even more and improve our games. Playing for the same club is something we’ve always wanted to do so to get this opportunity is great and one that I’m really looking forward to.”

Walker is also relishing the opportunity to link up with Head Coach Craig Sandercock and his assistant, Chris Chester.

“Chris is someone I get on really well with and I worked with him when he was involved with Scotland,” he continued. “He was one of the decisive factors in me coming to Hull KR, as was Craig. Everyone I have spoken to speaks highly of him and I’m sure he’ll help to improve my game as he has with my brother.”

Meanwhile, Robins’ CEO Mike Smith is happy to have Walker on board and said:

“Jonathan is a young, British player with his best years in front of him and I know that Craig (Sandercock) and Chris (Chester) are looking forward to working with him. Not only is he a talent on the pitch, he also has the type of character that we’re looking for here at Hull Kingston Rovers.

“We’ve always said that when you sign a player you need to be sure that they fit into the culture of the club and the squad and Jonathan fits that bill. He’s excited about joining us and I’m sure our supporters are looking forward to seeing him link up with Adam, who was one of our stand-out players last season.

“Jonathan is the latest piece in the jigsaw that we’re creating for 2014 and we believe we’ll have a squad which will be very competitive. Hopefully the supporters share that belief as well and will come out and support us next season.”

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* Photo kindly supplied by the Hull Daily Mail

Photo: Jonathan joins Adam at Craven Park