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Robins win race for speedster Dixon

Hull Kingston Rovers are delighted to announce the signing of England Knights winger or full back Kieran Dixon on a three-year contract from next season.

Recognised as one of the most promising young players in Super League, the London Broncos flyer has racked up 38 tries in 52 appearances since bursting onto the scene two years ago.

Set to move north to link up with the Robins at the end of the current campaign, Dixon is the club’s fifth new recruit for 2015 and he told he’s impressed with how the squad is shaping up.

“It’s a good time to be coming to the club. With the players already signed and a few more additions, hopefully we’ll have a squad capable of challenging towards the top end of the table,” said Dixon, who turns 22 later this week.

“I wanted a new challenge and when I had the opportunity to come here I was very honoured.

“I’ll be moving my family from one side of the country to the other so it is going to be a big change for us but one we are excited about.

“There’s a big history at the club and the derby was something that appealed to me too. I’ve been in London my whole life and there isn’t anything like the rivalry in Hull down there.

“I spoke to some boys that have played here and they say the city splits in two on derby day. I can’t wait to be a part of it and show everyone what I can do for the red and white half of the city.”

Finishing last season as London’s top try-scorer, Dixon was rewarded for an impressive 2013 campaign with a call-up to the England Knights side only for a knee injury picked up whilst on international duty to rule him out for much of this season.

Now fully recovered and marking his Super League comeback with a try in London’s victory over Leeds Rhinos on Sunday, Dixon is hoping a move to the KC Lightstream Stadium will enable him to make his mark on the competition once again.

He added: “I made the England Knights squad at the end of last year but my injury halted my progress a little bit.

“It’s been frustrating but after two good years I’m hoping I can get back to my best form and challenge for an England spot in the not too distant future.

“Now that I’m back in the team, I want to end the year on a high and give myself something to take into what will be a big pre-season for me.

“Hopefully in the next three years, I can get myself back in the international frame and I’m sure the competition for places we’ll have at Rovers next season will help me massively.”

Coming shortly after the signing of Bradford forward James Donaldson for 2015, the capture of Dixon will see the speedster join fellow new recruits Ken Sio, Josh Mantellato and Darrell Goulding in a new-look back division for the Robins next season.

Head coach Chris Chester said: “We’re delighted that Kieran has chosen to come to Hull KR from next season.

“He was on the verge of a full England call-up 12 months ago and he’s had plenty of interest from other clubs so it’s great that we’ve been able to sign a player of his calibre.

“We’ve identified a lack of speed in the outside backs and Kieran certainly brings pace in abundance. He’s a great finisher and he scored another good try at the weekend so we’re looking forward to what he can bring to the side.”

Photo: Robins win race for speedster Dixon