Forward Ellis Robson has joined Keighley Cougars on a two-year deal following his departure from Newcastle Thunder.
Robson, 24, makes the move after six months with Newcastle in the Championship. He was released by Super League club Warrington earlier in May, making the permanent move up north. The forward made 15 appearances in total for the Wolves, and featured on loan at both Toulouse and Salford.
He will join the newly-promoted Cougars for the 2023 campaign in the second tier.
“I’m really excited to be joining Keighley Cougars this year,” Robson said. “When I spoke to Rhys Lovegrove about the ambition of the club, it was immediate that this is a place I want to be at.
“I know Hendo really well and love his enthusiasm, so to work with him again is something I’m really looking forward too.
“Speaking to Rhys about how he wanted to develop my game is a challenge that I’m also looking forward too.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about Keighley. I can’t wait to pull a shirt on with the lads at Cougar Park!”
Andrew Henderson on Ellis Robson addition
Having previously worked alongside the versatile forward, Keighley’s head of rugby Andrew Henderson believes he is the right fit at Cougar Park.
“Having coached and worked with Ellis previously at Warrington, I knew he had the right attributes to fit what Rhys was looking for in both a player and a person,” said Henderson
“Ellis is an industrious player who prides himself on the effort areas within the game and competing hard.
“He is equally at home playing on the edge or in the middle, but we see him being more of an edge back-rower for us.
“He joins the team brining both Super League and Championship experience. At only 24 years of age we fell he has his best years ahead of him.
“I firmly believe Ellis can flourish in our environment and fulfil his potential here at Keighley.
“We are looking forward to what Ellis will bring to the club. We welcome him, his partner, and family, to the Cougars.”