Hull KR confirm Josh Drinkwater signing

James Gordon

Hull KR have confirmed the signing of Josh Drinkwater on a one-year deal.

Drinkwater, 26, starred for Catalans last season, winning the Challenge Cup, having joined them earlier in the year from Leigh.

He said: “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.

“I had offers from other clubs, but Tim Sheens was a big contributing factor to me choosing Hull KR, growing up in Australia he was the Australia Head Coach and after speaking to him on the phone about the club, 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.

“I’ve played at KCOM Craven Park before and when you play there you certainly know you are playing an away game, so I imagine it’s a great atmosphere to play in front of as a home team and I’m very excited to get out there and play in front of the fans.”

Drinkwater played in the NRL for St George-Illawarra and Wests Tigers, either side of a year in Super League with London Broncos.

Rovers head coach, Tim Sheens, said: “Josh will obviously add great depth to our halves which is important for us in what is a long season, especially with what happened last year with Danny McGuire being out for a fair amount of the season where we really struggled to replace him.

“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.

“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.”