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Walne: Sheens and Jewitt key to signing

New signing Jordan Walne has praised the influence of Hull Kingston Rovers head coach Tim Sheens and new teammate Lee Jewitt in his arrival at KCOM Craven Park.

Walne, 24, joins the Robins on a one-year contract from Salford Red Devils for the club’s return to the Betfred Super League and the versatile prop or back rower says he’s heard lots of good things about his new side.

Speaking to www.hullkr.co.uk, he said: “I’ve worked with Tim before and really enjoyed it when we were at Salford. I’ve been there a long time and I’m just looking for a fresh challenge which I think will be good for me.

“I know the club has got a large fanbase and I spoke to Tim about they train and the day-to-day running of the place. It all sounded really good and I can’t wait to get over there.

“I know Lee Jewitt and I spoke to him about the club. He couldn’t speak highly enough of Rovers, we had a good chat and that gave me a lot of confidence about coming here. Lee said he was really happy with the club and he couldn’t ask for a better place to play rugby and that’s good enough for me.”

Able to play across the forward pack except for hooker, the 6ft, near 16-stone forward adds size and experience to the Rovers squad for the club’s return to the top flight, with over 50 first team appearances for the Red Devils after coming through the club’s academy.

“I’m a middle mainly but I can play in the back row as well. I was on scholarship at Wigan and had the option to stay there or go to Salford to play with my brother, Adam. That was something I really wanted to do so I joined Salford but I’ve been there for a while and I’m ready for something new.

“From a personal point of view, I want to get back to playing consistent rugby. I’ve had a couple of injuries which I feel like have held me back a little bit over the last couple of years, but I’m feeling good again and looking forward to getting some consistency again.

“I want to get back to enjoying my rugby and playing week-to-week football. I’ve not had chance to speak to the team about our collective aims, but getting into the top eight next year would be a good start after promotion. That would be a good solid first season back in Super League.”

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