Jamie Ellis returns to Rovers on one-year deal!

05
Dec
Category: On The Pitch

Jamie Ellis returns to Rovers on one-year deal!

Hull Kingston Rovers are delighted to confirm the return of half-back Jamie Ellis on a one-year deal!

The playmaker is back at Hull College Craven Park having played an integral role at the Robins during the promotion-winning 2017 campaign.

During the 12 months on loan in East Hull from his then-parent club Huddersfield Giants, Ellis equalled the consecutive goal-kicking record as well as scoring nine tries in 30 appearances.

Set to rekindle his successful partnership with Jordan Abdull in the top flight during 2020, Ellis will be back wearing Red and White after Rovers secured his release from Castleford Tigers.

“Jamie probably does not fit into the main brief of our 2020 recruitment criteria in terms of being ‘young and ambitious’ but upon meeting him and listening to his passion for the club, having already played with this team, it was great to hear,” head coach Tony Smith told hullkr.co.uk.

“He loved his time here, still loves the club and had a very strong desire to express that. He convinced me that he is really ambitious and wants to do his best here.

“He understands that there are competition for places and that there are young and talented players in that position where he plays but he is willing to fight for that.”

The 30-year-old adds considerable experience to the KR camp. After beginning his career with St Helens in 2008, Ellis switched to Leigh Centurions where he starred, scoring 34 tries in 31 outings.

From there Ellis moved to Hull FC for a single campaign before joining Castleford for the first-time in 2012. Huddersfield Giants came calling in 2015, before Ellis then signed at Rovers for the first time under Tim Sheens’ reign. In total, the Preston native has scored 75 tries in 194 appearances.

“One thing we have said all along in terms of our recruitment is that we want competition for places and Jamie will add a different range of skill-sets to some of the other players,” Smith continued.

“He adds a wealth of experience to our young squad in terms of playing for successful clubs and understanding what it takes to be successful.

“Jamie has good connections with players such as Adam Quinlan and Jordan Abdull already having played alongside them here, but also comes over with strong ties with Greg Minikin and Will Maher from Castleford and that is advantageous for us. Jamie does come to us with a minor knee ailment but he will be fully-fit within four to six weeks.”

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