Super League duo strengthen Rovers squad
Hull Kingston Rovers have further strengthened the depth of the first team squad for the club’s return to the Betfred Super League with the signings of the experienced Tommy Lee and Jordan Walne.
Lee is a hooker, half back or loose forward who moves from St Helens to KCOM Craven Park on a two-year contract. Born in the city, the 29-year-old came through the academy ranks at Hull FC and has gone on to represent several clubs, making over 200 first team appearances during his career.
Having previously worked with the player during their time at Salford, head coach Tim Sheens said: “Tommy is a highly professional player who is liked and well-respected by his teammates. He was named as captain by the players and staff over there before his move to St Helens and he offers us great depth and plenty of Super League experience.
“His best position is probably at hooker and he’s got a lot of craft operating out of dummy half so he’s an ideal option to support Shaun Lunt. Tommy can also play in the halves and at 13 as well, so we’ll have the ability to play the both of them in the same team because of that utility value.
“He’s a local lad as well which is an added bonus and he’ll really enhance the squad for us heading into next season.”
Meanwhile, prop forward Walne joins Hull KR from Salford Red Devils. A Leyland Warriors amateur, he spent time in both Salford and Wigan’s academy before progressing to first team level, where he has made over 50 league and cup appearances.
The versatile 24-year-old forward has signed a one-year contract with the Robins.
On the arrival of Walne, Sheens added: “Jordan plays all of the forward positions except hooker to a high standard. He’s comfortable playing front row, on the edge or as part of that middle unit which gives us plenty of versatility.
“He’s played over 50 first grade games already so he’s got a fair bit of Super League experience, but he’s probably been a bit unlucky with injuries over the last couple of years which have stopped him playing even more regularly.
“Jordan is looking for a fresh start with us and we’re happy to have him on board. He’s a strong acquisition for the club, he’s a very good defender in particular and he understands the game very well.”