Experienced half Carney joins Rovers ranks

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Experienced half Carney joins Rovers ranks

Hull Kingston Rovers have signed talented half back and former Australian international Todd Carney on a short-term deal, subject to receiving the necessary clearance and paperwork.

The ex-Canberra, Sydney Roosters and Cronulla stand-off racked up over 150 first team appearances in the NRL and is a former Dally M Medal winner and New South Wales representative, whilst he also possesses previous Betfred Super League experience following spells with Catalans and Salford.

Carney has penned a contract to move to KCOM Craven Park until the end of the 2018 season and will provide vital options and strength in depth in the club’s pivots ahead of the split for the Super 8s stage of the competition.

The club would like to thank the Rovers Supporters Group (RSG) who have agreed to contribute towards the cost of flights and visa applications as part of the move, with an update on Carney’s arrival date in east Hull expected in the coming weeks once the relevant processes are completed.

Head coach Tim Sheens said: “I gave Todd his test debut with Australia in 2010 and everybody knows he’s a talented half back. It’s an area where we’ve been short all year and we’ve had to use all sorts of people there, which we don’t want to have to continue with.

“Todd’s arrival gives us some extra strength in depth and an insurance policy in the pivotal positions, particularly with Chris Atkin’s ability to also play at either hooker or full back. The combination of players we now have across the spine of the team gives us cover in key positions because we can’t afford to be weakened in those areas in any of the crucial games we have coming up.

“There’s still at least 11 rounds left so there’s a lot of footy to be played and we want to be sure that if we do have an issue with our pivots that we have some depth and experience in there.

“Todd’s played in this competition before, he’s used to these systems and he’s used to the stadiums and the supporters, so hopefully he can hit the ground running once he arrives.

“He’s got a great kicking game, nice running skills and he’s a very clever player. He plays mainly as a second receiver but like Danny (McGuire) and Chris he likes the ball in his hands. He’s a stand-off by what we call it over here and he finds a way to win matches. He’s just a class player that can come up with a big play at a crucial time.”

As well as contributing to the signing of Carney, the RSG has previously played a role in bringing Mose Masoe and former KR player Zach Dockar-Clay into the country. The RSG is open to all Hull Kingston Rovers supporters, with membership costing just £5. Membership forms are available at the Rovers Retail store, the Budget Tyres Robins Nest before all home games and on the RSG website www.officialrsg.com

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