Hull KR pull off Korbin Sims coup

Hull KR have stepped up their recruitment for 2021 with the capture of Fiji international Korbin Sims on a two-year contract.

The 28-year-old brother of former Warrington prop Ashton Sims becomes the Robins’ third recruit from the NRL following the signing of Melbourne forward Albert Vete and former Leeds winger Ryan Hall from Sydney Roosters.

Sims was released from the remainder of his contract by St George Illawarra Dragons to enable him to make the move to Super League.

Rovers coach Tony Smith said: “He’s an important part of the jigsaw. We have been keen to strengthen our forward pack and we are certainly doing that with Korbin.

“He brings international as well as NRL experience. He’s a guy that gives everything every time he walks onto the pitch. He’s very professional in his approach to his game and he is always looking to develop.

“He’s super-keen. That’s one of the big criteria that’s important – we don’t want anyone to come here that doesn’t want to be here and he’s quite the opposite. If I asked him to get on the plane tomorrow, he’d jump on the plane.

“He’s an excitable character and I think he’ll develop into a fans favourite.

“He can play anywhere in the forward pack, on the edge or in the middle. He comes from a rugby league family, so he’s been brought up on it, he lives and breathes it.”

Sims, who has played for Brisbane, Newcastle Knights and St George Illawarra, played for Fiji alongside brothers Ashton and Tariq while sister Ruan Sims has played for the Australia women’s team.

Sims said: “I’m very excited about the opportunity that has presented itself for me and my family.

“When my manger had told me that there had been some interest from England and Rovers, I was a bit taken aback at first, but when I really thought about it, I saw it as a great opportunity to further my football career.”

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