Hull KR and Halifax confirm new partnership

Hull KR have embarked on a new partnership with Halifax RLFC, with the clubs set to work more closely together in 2015.

Halifax will be able to select Super League standard players in their match day squads, as the two clubs will partner for dual registration.

In addition to that, Rovers will also look to share best practise with the Championship outfit in a number of off-field areas, including media, marketing, attracting new sponsorship and retail.

Rovers will also continue to work closely with Gateshead Thunder of League One, and all three clubs can dual register and loan players where necessary.

The club receiving a player will always have the final word when it comes to selection, however.

The three clubs’ squads could also train together when schedules allow.

Former Robins forward Jason Netherton, having confirmed his retirement from playing rugby league recently, will take on the role of Partnership Liaison Officer.

His responsibilities will include increasing participation in rugby league in Hull, Halifax and the North East.

Regular discussions will take place at board level between the clubs, and between their respective coaching teams.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Hull Kingston Rovers and Halifax RLFC to work closely together to the advantage of both clubs,” Hull KR chief executive Mike Smith said.

“Although we will still retain our links with Gateshead in Championship One, this partnership is a chance to offer several of our more seasoned young players a tougher test at a higher level.

“There is a fantastic set up at Halifax and in Richard Marshall they have a talented young coach who has proven his abilities in the recent England Academy series.

“We have no doubt they will provide a terrific environment for our young players to continue their development.

“Off the field, we will work closely to identify young talent and share best practice at all levels.

“We have become an established Super League club over the past seven years and this is ultimately Halifax’s ambition as well, so hopefully we can play our part in that.”

Halifax RLFC chairman Michael Steele added: “In the ‘new era’ of Rugby League, we are delighted to have the benefit of a partnership with Hull KR and Gateshead Thunder.

“The co-operation between the clubs will be comprehensive and we all expect to progress operationally.

“The agreement provides a pathway for the development of players from each of the clubs, through dual registration, ensuring that on-field performance is as good as it can be.”

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