Hull FC forward pair Dean Hadley and Jez Litten have joined Hull KR on loan for the rest of the season – but will up long-term deals from 2020.
Back-rower Hadley, 26, and hooker Litten, 21, join Tony Smith’s squad for the remainder of the 2019 campaign and will train with their new team-mates this morning for the first time.
The duo have penned three-year contracts at the KCOM Craven Park starting from next year, meaning they’ll stay in red and white until the end of the 2022 season.
Hadley said: “It’s been quite a frustrating year for me really.
“On the back of the last couple of years I felt like I’d improved on loan at Wakefield and I’d come back to Hull and started playing well in 2018.
“But this year hasn’t gone to plan. However, I see this as a great opportunity at Hull KR with so much still to play for in our season.
“The record of Tony [Smith] speaks for itself – people I’ve spoken to have nothing but good words to say about him. I’ve had a brief chat with him and I’m looking forward to meeting up with the rest of the boys on Monday.”
Litten added: “I’ve been playing at Doncaster over the last few weeks and the opportunity to join Hull KR would have been silly to pass up on. I’m really looking forward to getting some first-team experience.
“I want to keep learning and adding things to my game, I just want to keep on improving myself.
“I’ve been watching Matt Parcell on TV recently and he’s great to watch, and hopefully I can bring similar sorts of things to the team that he has in the hooker position.
“I want to do my best for Rovers now and I can’t wait to get started. It’s good that I’m coming across with Dean because we’re pals but I know a lot of the younger lads like Owen Harrison, Adam Rooks and the rest which is good.”