South Elmsall rugby league player Robbie Mulhern is hoping to make the most of the Super League opportunity handed to him by Hull KR after leaving champions Leeds Rhinos.
The 21-year-old front-rower has joined the Robins on a two-year contract and is looking to develop his career after switching to the KC Lightstream Stadium, where he will link up with old team-mates Thomas Minns and Chris Clarkson and Jamie Peacock, who is now on the Rovers coaching staff.
Standing at 6ft 3in and weighing over 17 stone, Mulhern has made a handful of first team appearances for Leeds and is a former member of the England under 18s squad, while he also made his full international debut for Ireland in last year’s European Championship.
Rovers coach Chris Chester is pleased to have brought in Mulhern.
He said: “Robbie has come through a very good set-up at Leeds, he’s arrived in great shape and he’s gone straight into the first team squad for pre-season training this week.
“He’s a powerful forward with a strong carry, but he has the ability to promote the ball as well and he’ll add real depth to our front row for next season.
“He’s ready for more regular game time and we are grateful to Leeds for not standing in the way of him coming here.
“We want dedicated and hungry players at the club and this is a chance for him to continue his progress, but we now have six genuine props challenging for a place in the side and he knows he’s got to work hard.”
Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington said: “Robbie did not make our 25 man squad this season and will therefore have more opportunities to continue his career at another club, as is our policy with young players.
“He leaves with everyone’s best wishes and we are pleased for him that he has been able to secure a contract with another Super League club.”