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Netherton to move on

Long-serving prop Jason Netherton is to leave the club as he goes in search of a fresh challenge.

The 30-year-old, who joined the Robins in 2004, had a year left on his contract but has agreed a severance deal which allows him to move onto pastures new.

Netherton was part of the Rovers’ side that lifted the Northern Rail Cup in 2005 and also played a year later when the Robins defeated Widnes in the National League Grand Final to reach Super League.

Having made 166 appearances (scoring 13 tries), Netherton is sad to be leaving the club but says he will depart with some great memories.

“I’ve had an amazing eight years here and am sad to be leaving,” he said. “I’ve got some brilliant memories from some really special games which I’ll never forget.

“We had the win against Castleford in the Northern Rail Cup final which was tremendous and then beat Hull FC at the KC in the play-offs in 2010. You’d probably think that winning the National League Grand Final in 2006 is my favourite memory but the victory against Hull FC was something special.

“The game itself was really intense and physical and to play as well as we did and see our supporters celebrate like they did at the end of the game was unforgettable.”

Despite the fact that he’s leaving Craven Park, Netherton admits that the club will always be close to his heart, as will the Robins’ supporters.

“I’ll still be coming down to games,” he added. “You get a feel for a place and from the moment I walked through the dressing room door back in 2004 I’ve been made to feel very welcome.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to the supporters who’ve backed me throughout the whole time I’ve been here. It is a cliché, but they are the best supporters around and are a credit to the club.

“I’d also like to place on record my thanks to Neil Hudgell who has been great to me during the past eight years. He’s driven the club forward incredibly, both on and off the field, and I’m sure will continue to do so along with the rest of the board.”

In terms of the immediate future, Netherton has a few options and intends to explore them all before making any decisions.

“Myself and my wife have got a few things in the pipeline so we’ll see what happens in the near future,” he said.

Meanwhile, Robins’ Chairman Neil Hudgell praised Netherton’s contribution to the red and white cause over the past eight years saying:

“Jason has been part of the fabric of the club and will continue to be, even though he is moving on. He’s the last of the group of players who played a part in our elevation to the Super League and his contribution to the club, both on and off the field, is something he should be extremely proud of.

“It goes without saying that he’ll always be welcome at Craven Park and everyone at Hull KR wishes him all the very best for the future.”

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