Hull KR complete Drinkwater swoop
Hull KR have completed the signing of half-back Josh Drinkwater from Super League rivals Catalans Dragons on a one-year deal.
The Australian, who won the Challenge Cup during his one season with the Dragons, will officially link up with his new team-mates in the New Year and he admits Robins coach and fellow Aussie Tim Sheens played a big role in his decision to move to KCOM Craven Park.
"I can't wait to get over there and get started with training with the season now pretty much only around the corner, which is pretty exciting," Drinkwater told the KR website.
"I had offers from other clubs, but Tim Sheens was a big contributing factor to me choosing Hull KR."
Drinkwater also feels he is joining a club that is moving in the right direction following their 10th-place finish upon their return to Super League last season.
He added: "I really felt like the club is building towards taking the next big step and I can't wait to be a part of it."
Sheens is also delighted to have completed the signing of Drinkwater, a move that had been reportedly on the cards for some time, with the 68-year-old feeling his new recruit will bring a wealth of qualities to the KR squad.
"On the back of a great season for Catalans Josh brings us experience, a good kicking game, goal kicking and the depth to the squad which leaves me feeling comfortable that we have enough in the halves to get us through the season," Sheens revealed.
"He is a player we have been looking at and discussing for a while so I'm very happy to finally get it over the line."
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.