Hull KR add Lee and Walne to 2018 squad

Tommy Lee in action for St Helens

Hull Kingston Rovers have bolstered their squad for the club’s return to Super League next season with the additions of Tommy Lee and Jordan Walne.

Hooker Lee joins from St Helens on a two-year deal and came through the Hull FC Academy, going on to make over 200 appearances in his career to date.

Robins head coach also worked with Lee when they were at Salford Red Devils.

And the former Kangaroos boss is made up to welcome the 29-year-old to the KCOM Craven Park.

He said: “Tommy is a highly professional player who is liked and well-respected by his teammates.

“He was named as captain by the players and staff over there (Salford) before his move to St Helens and he offers us great depth and plenty of Super League experience.

“His best position is probably at hooker and he’s got a lot of craft operating out of dummy-half so he’s an ideal option to support Shaun Lunt. Tommy can also play in the halves and at 13 as well, so we’ll have the ability to play the both of them in the same team because of that utility value.”

Prop forward Walne arrives from Salford and he was in the Wigan Warriors Academy before joining up with the Red Devils, where he played over 50 first team games.

The 24-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Robins.

And Sheens is a fan of Walne’s defensive work rate and thinks his versatility can come in handy.

He said: “Jordan plays all of the forward positions except hooker to a high standard.

“He’s comfortable playing front-row, on the edge or as part of that middle unit which gives us plenty of versatility.

“Jordan is looking for a fresh start with us and we’re happy to have him on board. He’s a strong acquisition for the club, he’s a very good defender in particular and he understands the game very well.”

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